The following is a list of religions and spiritual traditions
, however it excludes modern religions, which can be found in list of new religious movements
A group of monotheistic traditions sometimes grouped with one another for comparative purposes, because all refer to a patriarch named Abraham.
See List of Christian denominations
see Divisions of Islam
(see also: Jew
; Jewish Denominations
; Jewish ethnic divisions
- Contemporary divisions
- Historical groups
Mostly religions that originated in Greater India
that share a number of key concepts, namely Dharma
and religions and traditions related to, and descended from, them.
(see Schools of Buddhism
(see also Hindu denominations
, Contemporary Hindu movements
Religions originating in Greater Iran
Taoic/East Asian religions
Religions originating in east Asia.
Religions originating but not entirely located in Africa
Pagan religions (Historical Polytheism, Indigenous Traditional)
''Traditionally, these faiths have all been classified "Pagan" due to common elements of animism
. However in recent times, scholars have begun to dispute this, preferring the terms "indigenous/primal/folk/ethnic religions", "historical polytheism" and "Neo-Paganism". The number of Pagan adherents is difficult to account for, as many followers worship in solitude. Paganism traditionally encompasses all Polytheistic belief systems as well as those spiritual practices that do not have any particular deities.
The orally transmitted canon of indigenous peoples, many involving some variant of animism and many defunct
Religions appearing in Pacific tribal societies in the wake of Western culture.
Ancient Near East
Nonsectarian and trans-sectarian religious or spiritual movements
Faiths teaching that the ultimate goal is separating consciousness from the universe, rather than being absorbed by it.
Organizations promoting Ecumenism
Systems claiming not to be religions, but which have characteristics of religion