The Religions Of Asia


Asia is widely known as the birth place of most of mainstream religions in the world today. Religions in Asia include Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Sikhism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism, Confucianism and Jainism. The list is longer. The dispersion of religions started from this Asian region of the universe. Initially, it constituted main religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and the Confucianism moral philosophy that started in Asia. There also came up other eastern religions that extended to Zen Buddhism, Shinto in Japan and in outlying areas, natural religions that were characterized by Shamanist features.

Jainism and Buddhism profess neither a creator nor what would be termed as a personal god. Now that Hinduism does not seem to proselytize, it is limited mainly to the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent. Hindus do not essentially require a priest or a certain guru for them to conduct their religion. It is primarily constituted by the belief and a specific subjection to, a goddess or a personal god together with the unconditional faith in the all-inclusive spirit.

Maybe Buddhism has created a lot interest over all the other religions found in Asia. It has found major support in its strengths seen in its ability to change to comply with the prevailing situations and a myriad of cultures. The increasing interest in the culture of the Asian and the spiritual connotation all through the west has led to the emergence of a big number of communities that are based on the teaching of a Buddhist background and the applications thereof. Buddhism has gone through a lot of opposition in the communities nations found in Asia despite its popularity. From the time of Chinese occupation of Tibet between 1950 and 1951 and the consequent flight concerning the Dalai Lama in the year 1959, China has continued to wipe out and at the least of efforts tried to restrict the influence of Buddhism. Even though China saw the survival of Buddhism, the religion has been under strict controls and regulation.

The Asian continent is arguably the most diverse continent in terms of religion. Today, there are a lot of Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and members of other religions and beliefs all over the Asian world. It appears to be a place of free will and freedom of choice and practices that anyone would consider fit for them. It is still not well defined as to what religious backgrounds are worth of belief since even the widely known Buddhism beliefs are still facing opposition in an area where it seemingly originated from.