Top 10 Largest Religions in the World

Islam - 10 Largest Religions in the World

Do you know which are the Largest religions in the world? Religion is something that is not discussed; we should always respect the beliefs of people. It is possible to have 330 million Gods divided into various religions and doctrines. You will notice below there are several religions of Indian origin mainly due to its population of 1.21 billion and to the fact that it has spread all over the world, especially Hinduism.

Among so many different doctrines exist in this list of the top 10 largest religions in the world. Religion, as a whole, boils down to a set of cultural systems and beliefs, with worldviews, and established symbols relating to spirituality, humanity, and moral values. Here is the list of Top 10 Largest Religions in the World.

10: Bahá’í – 7 Million Followers

Bahá'í Religion - 10 Largest Religions in the World

The Bahá’í religion, commonly called the Bahá’í Faith, teaches the value of unity and equality to all people. Its followers, known as Bahá’ís, believe that Bahá’u’lláh (founder 1817 – 1892) is the prophet sent by God, similar to the coming of Jesus and Muhammad. They believe in a single God; However, it is taught that all religions are manifestations of God, through their founders, Krishna, Abraham, Buddha, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. The founder states that the Bahá’í Faith inaugurates a new prophetic cycle, subsequent to other religions.

The Bahá’í Faith is the youngest of the great world religions. Most followers live in Asia (3.6 million), Africa (1.8 million) and Latin America (900,000).

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the highest Bahá’í population:

  • India 1,897,651
  • The United States 512,864
  • Kenya 422,782
  • Vietnam 388,802
  • Democratic Republic of Congo 282,916
  • Philippines 275,069
  • Iran 251,127
  • Zambia 241,112
  • South Africa 238,532
  • Bolivia 215,359.

9: Judaism – 14 Million Followers

Judaism - 10 Largest Religions in the World

Number 9 on this list of 10 largest religions is Judaism. Originating in the Middle East around the 8th century BC, Judaism is composed of three main branches, orthodox, conservative and reformist Judaism. Although they are similar, they differ in elements related to biblical interpretation and specific practices.

It is one of the three main Abrahamic religions, and by definition, it is the religion, philosophy, and way of life of the Jewish people. It is an expression of the relationship and covenant developed between God and the Children of Israel, according to religious Jews. Judaism occupies the eighth position among the 10 largest religions in the world.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Jews.

  • The United States 6,588,065
  • Israel 5,907,500
  • France 493,600
  • Canada 375,000
  • The United Kingdom 291,000
  • Russia 194,000
  • Argentina 181,800
  • Germany 119,000
  • Australia 97,300
  • Brazil 95,300

8: Spiritism – 15 Million Followers

Spiritism - 10 Largest Religions in the World

Spiritism is not exactly a religion, but it composes this selection. The foundations of doctrine teach that spirits survive after death and temporarily inhabit physical bodies in various incarnations. The origin is in France, with expansion by the world starting from the publication of The Book of the Spirits, of Allan Kardec. Currently, the doctrine is present in 35 countries. The largest spiritism community is Brazilian, being 4.8% in the country.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the highest population of spiritisms in the world:

  • Cuba 10.3%,
  • Jamaica 10.2%,
  • Brazil 4.8%,
  • Suriname 3.6%,
  • Haiti 2.7%,
  • Dominican Republic 6 2.2%
  • Bahamas 1.9%
  • Nicaragua 1.5%,
  • Trinidad and Tobago 1.4%
  • Guiana 1.3%

7: Sikhism – 30 Million Followers

Sikhism - 10 Largest Religions in the World

Sikhism is little spread but occupies the seventh position among the top 10 largest religions of the world. The foundation of this monotheistic doctrine was in the 16th century by Guru Nanak, based on his teachings. This religion was born in the province of Punjab, India, with a great part of the followers still living by the place. However, they are distributed in various parts of the world, especially in English-speaking countries.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Sikhs in the world.

  • India 22,892,600
  • The United Kingdom 853,000
  • Canada 620,200
  • US 500,010
  • Malaysia 120,000
  • Bangladesh 100,000
  • Australia 72,300
  • Italy 70,000
  • Thailand 70,000
  • Myanmar 70,000

6: Traditional African Religion – 100 Million Followers

Traditional African Religion - 10 Largest Religions in the World

The Christian religion and Islam is by far the largest on the African continent, but Africa has some of its people’s traditional beliefs and practices. They are diverse and include various ethnic religions. No book governs belief, but its followers believe in a supreme creator, beliefs in spirits, veneration of the dead, use of magic and traditional medicine. In all, traditional African religion is present in 43 countries across Africa and have been estimated in more than 100 million followers.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Traditional African Religion in the world.

  • Guinea- Bissau 50%
  • Cameroon 40%
  • Togo 33%
  • Côte d’Ivoire 25%
  • Sudan 25%
  • Benin 23%
  • Burundi 20%
  • Burkina Faso 15%
  • South Africa 15%
  • Democratic Republic of Congo 12%

5: Traditional Chinese Religion – 394 Million Followers

Traditional Chinese Religion - 10 Largest Religions in the World

This term is used to describe the complex interaction between different religions and philosophical traditions, with practice in China. Adherents join creeds and practices of various doctrines, such as Buddhism and Taoism. Common practices include veneration of the forces of nature and ancestors, exorcism of harmful forces, and belief in the rational order of nature that can be influenced by humans and their rulers as well as spirits and gods. Followers make up about 6% of the world’s population.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Traditional Chinese Religion in the world.

  • Taiwan 33-80%
  • China 30%
  • Hong Kong 28%
  • Macau 13.9%
  • Singapore 8.5%
  • Malaysia 2.6%
  • South Korea 2.1%
  • Vietnam 0.05%
  • Indonesia 0.05%
  • Philippines 0.01%

Outside Asia, the traditional Chinese religion has 184,000 followers in Latin America, 250,000 in Europe and 839,000 in North America.

4: Buddhism – 500 Million Followers

Buddhism - 10 Largest Religions in the World

This doctrine is based on the teaching of Siddhartha Gautama, Buddha of 600 BC, with a search for the full realization of human nature. Existence is a continuous cycle of death and rebirth, and the present and past lives are intertwined. Buddhism is the main doctrine in many Southeast Asian countries, such as Thailand and Cambodia. In Japan, this doctrine symbolizes the second largest religion. It is the fourth largest religion in the world by the number of followers.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Buddhism in the world.

  • China 244,130,000
  • Thailand 64,420,000
  • Japan 45,820,000
  • Burma 38,410,000
  • South Korea 10,500.00
  • India 9,250,000
  • Malaysia 5,010,000
  • Sri Lanka 4,450,000
  • Vietnam 4,380,000
  • Cambodia 3,690,000

3: Hinduism – 1.1 Billion Followers

Hinduism  - 10 Largest Religions in the World

The Hindu is Indian dharma, with a range of monotheistic and polytheistic sects and variations, in the absence of a single body of scriptures or doctrines. Known as the oldest religion in the world, scholars consider Hinduism as a fusion of various Indian cultures and traditions with diverse roots and no founder. The Hindus are more than 80% of India’s population; it accounts for the fact of being the world’s third largest religion.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Hinduism in the world.

  • India 957,636,314
  • Nepal 21,354,570
  • Bangladesh 14,274,430
  • Indonesia 4,012,470
  • Pakistan 2,603,895
  • Sri Lanka 2,554,606
  • Malaysia 1,700 .100
  • United States 1,543,730
  • United Arab Emirates 1,239,610
  • South Africa 749,870

2: Islam – 1.8 Billion Followers

Islam - 10 Largest Religions in the World

Islam had its beginning in the city of Mecca in the seventh century. The believers believe that the Prophet Muhammad (Mohammed) who lived between 570 and 632 A.D, is the last prophet sent by Allah. Muslims believe that the holy book of the Quran is the literal word of Allah revealed to the prophet over 23 years. Muslims rank second among the world’s top 10 religions with 1.8 billion followers or 24% of the world’s population. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. According to projections, as of 20 years, Muslims will account for more than a quarter of the world’s population. If this condition occurs, the number of Muslims in the United States will dynamically double; France and Belgium will be more than 10% Islamic.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Islam in the world.

  • Indonesia 245,000,000
  • Pakistan 203,000,000
  • India 182,000,000
  • Bangladesh 142,937,800
  • Nigeria 90,000,000
  • Iran 73,238,340
  • Egypt 70,056,000
  • Turkey 70,036,838
  • Algeria 36,092,810
  • Morocco 31,351,800

1: Christianity – 2.3 Billion Followers – Largest Religions in The World

Christianity - 10 Largest Religions in the World

Christianity began more than 2000 years ago, with few followers until it became the most popular religion in the world. Faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who was sent to save mankind from Hell. The world’s biggest religion despite the growth of various religions, Christianity is the leader in this selection of the top 10 largest religions in the world, with 2.3 billion followers, making up almost a third (31%) of the earth’s population. But, the followers of this doctrine present a significant change of profile. Two-thirds of the supporters were in Europe for a century.

Today, Europeans are only a quarter of Christians. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region where Christianity has grown most in the last century. The interesting information is that from 1910 to the present day. Christians in that region jumped from 9 to 516 million followers. Today, Christianity is the largest religion in Brazil.

Here is the list of top 10 countries with the largest population of Christianity in the world.

  • United States 229,157,250
  • Brazil 169,213,130
  • Russia 114,198,444
  • Mexico 106,204,560
  • Nigeria 80,510,000
  • Philippines 78,790,000
  • China 67,070,000
  • Democratic Republic of Congo 63,150,000
  • France 55,948,600
  • Italy 55,832,000

So, these were the Top 10 Largest Religions in the World. For more top lists just like this be sure to subscribe to our newsletters if you haven’t already. So, you never miss another top list. Thank you for spending some time with us.

Written by Zeeshan Haider


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