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The following is a list of religions. Not all have been studied by psychologists.

Note that the classification hereunder is only one of several possible. This system uses a filter system for categorization. A group will be listed in a category as close to the top of the page as the definitions for the category allow. Even if multiple definitions are applicable a religion will only be listed once. The definition of religion for this page is fairly liberal.

A discussion of the ways in which "major religions" have historically been separated from the list of all religions can be found in the article Major world religions.

As there are countless small religions, many of which cannot be verified to be real or legitimate, only those religions with potential articles for this wiki will be listed in order to ensure that all entries on this list are notable and verifiable.

Abrahamic religions

A group of monotheistic traditions sometimes grouped with one another for comparative purposes, because all refer to a patriarch named Abraham.

Dharmic religions

Religions with a concept of Dharma, also major religions of historical India

Other revealed religions

Believers in one God, also called classical monotheism, who follow an Indo-European culture of belief, philosophy and angelology.

Indigenous religions

Main article: Ethnic religions


The orally transmitted canon of indigenous peoples, many involving some variant of animism and many defunct

Neopagan or revival religions

Modern religions seeking to recreate indigenous, usually pre-Christian, beliefs and practices

Non-revealed religions

Philosophies not transmitted by a divine prophet

Left-Hand Path religions

Faiths teaching that the ultimate goal is separating consciousness from the universe, rather than being absorbed by it

Syncretic religions

Faiths created from blending earlier religions or that consider all or some religions to be essentially the same

Entheogen religions

Religions based around divinely inspiring substances

New religious movements

See List of new religious movements for a list based on other sources

See hereunder for religions founded since 1850 with small followings

Monotheistic NRMs

Indigenous NRMs

African Diaspora / Latin American NRMs

Hindu-oriented NRMs

NRMs with Islamic Roots

NRMs With Jewish Roots

Christian-oriented NRMs

Buddhist-oriented NRMs

Chinese-oriented NRMs

Japanese-oriented NRMs

Korean-oriented NRMs

Vietnamese-oriented NRMs

Malaysian-Oriented NRMs

Western Magical / Esoteric Groups

White Supremacist Religions

Black Supremacist Religions

Alien-based religions

Other NRMs

Parody or mock religions

Groups that poke fun at other religions or religion in general

Other religions or belief systems

Nonsectarian and trans-sectarian religious movements and practices

Esotericism

Mysticism

Magic (religion)

Ritualism

Organizations promoting Ecumenism

Other categorizations of religions

See also

References & Bibliography

Key texts

Books

Papers

Additional material

Books

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External links

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