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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 religionsEdit

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

Dharmic religionsEdit

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

Other revealed religionsEdit

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

Indigenous religions Edit

Main article: Ethnic religions


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

Neopagan or revival religionsEdit

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

Non-revealed religions Edit

Philosophies not transmitted by a divine prophet

Left-Hand Path religionsEdit

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

Syncretic religionsEdit

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

Entheogen religionsEdit

Religions based around divinely inspiring substances

New religious movementsEdit

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 Edit

Groups that poke fun at other religions or religion in general

Other religions or belief systemsEdit

Nonsectarian and trans-sectarian religious movements and practicesEdit

EsotericismEdit

MysticismEdit

Magic (religion)Edit

RitualismEdit

Organizations promoting EcumenismEdit

Other categorizations of religionsEdit

See alsoEdit

References & BibliographyEdit

Key textsEdit

BooksEdit

PapersEdit

Additional materialEdit

BooksEdit

PapersEdit

External linksEdit

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