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Quicklook at India by Aline Dobbie

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Chapter Three: Religion

The cultural diversity of India is reflected in its languages and religions. The approximate totals for the followers of the main religions are:

Hindus 800 million; Muslims 130 million; Christians 25 million; Sikhs 20 million; Buddhists 7 million; Jains 5 million; Zoroastrians 90,000; Jews 5,000; Bahais 5,500; Tribal population (with tribal beliefs) More than 60 million

Religion and philosophy are intermixed in India and spirituality is the soul of India. Apart from being thought to be the country with more religions than anywhere else in the world, it was the birthplace of two of the world’s greatest religions: Hinduism and Buddhism. It also is home to another ancient religion/philosophy: Jainism and there are still a ...

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