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Pagan Population

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Mapped here are people called by the World Christian Database ‘Ethnoreligionists’, defined as ‘A collective term for primal or primitive religionists, animists, spirit-worshippers, shamanists, ancestor-venerators, polytheists, pantheists, traditionalists (in Africa), local or tribal folk-religionists; including adherents of neo-paganism or non-Christian local or tribal syncretistic or nativistic movements, cargo cults, witchcraft eradication cults, possession healing movements, tribal messianic movements; still occasionally termed pagans, heathen, fetishists; usually confined each to a single tribe or people, hence tribal or local as opposed to ‘universal’ (open to any or all peoples).’


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Technical Notes

Territory size shows the proportion of the world’s Pagan population  living there.

Data sources
The World Christian Database (WCD) was our main source of data for this series of religion maps compiled in 2009. Please find further information about the data and its compilation in the Worldmapper archive.

Further adjustments to the data were made in March 2018, first and foremost to account for major geopolitical changes, and adjusting to reflect the changing population distributions. We aim to map as complete data as possible and therefore estimate data for missing values. In some cases, missing data for very small territories is not used in the cartogram and that area is therefore omitted in the map.

Further notes on the data, as well as all modifications to the original data source are noted in our data sheets.

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