Thursday, 18 May 2017

Religion Data of Census 2011: XLVII Asia 3 Maps

The changing religious profile of Asia: 
Maps of Other Religions and the Irreligious

In this graphic appendix to the previous note, we give maps of the distribution of Ethnic Religions and New Religions in different regions and countries of Asia in 1900 and 2010. We also give maps of the distribution and share of the Irreligious in 1970 and 2010. Since, there were less than 6 million of the Irreligious in Asia in 1900 forming only about 0.01 percent of the population, we have not given maps of the Irreligious for 1900. 

It would be instructive to look at those maps while reading through the description of the changes given in the previous note.


Ethnic Religionists
Notice the intense presence of Ethnic Religionists in the Koreas, Indonesia, Vietnam and Laos in 1900 and their continuing presence in the Koreas and Vietnam. Also notice, the increased presence of Ethnic Religionists in China and India, and even more so in Nepal and Myanmar.


New Religionists



Notice that in 1900, New Religions are confined almost entirely to Indonesia and Japan. In 2010, their presence has become even more intense in Japan and they have acquired considerable numbers in Vietnam, South Korea and also North Korea. Their influence in Indonesia seems to have waned in recent past.

The Irreligious



Between 2000 and 2010, there has been some decline in number of the Irreligious in China, but their number in 2010 is still larger than in 1700. The noticeable number of the Irreligious in India in 2010 is not confirmed by the Census data. Maps of the share of the Irreligious in different countries give a better appreciation of the changes.


Notice the decline in the share of the Irreligious in China and the rise in North Korea. Decline in their share in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan is also very noticeable. Also notice a rise in the share of the Irreligious in most other countries, including those of the Arabian Peninsula.