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Religious symbols in clock-wise order: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Bahá'í Faith, Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Slavic neopaganism, Celtic polytheism, Heathenism (German paganism), Semitic neopaganism, Wicca, Kemetism (Egyptian paganism), Hellenism, Italo-Roman neopaganism.

This is a list of religions and spiritual traditions.

Dharmic religions

Religions that have idea of Dharma.



  • Nikaya schools (which have historically been called Hinayana in the West)
    • Theravada
      • Sri Lankan Amarapura Nikaya
      • Sri Lankan Siam Nikaya
      • Sri Lankan Ramañña Nikaya
      • Bangladeshi Sangharaj Nikaya
      • Bangladeshi Mahasthabir Nikaya
      • Thai Maha Nikaya
        • Dhammakaya Movement
      • Thai Thammayut Nikaya
      • Thai Forest Tradition
  • Mahayana
    • Humanistic Buddhism
    • Madhyamika
    • Nichiren Buddhism
      • Soka Gakkai
    • Pure Land
    • Tathagatagarbha
    • Tiantai
      • Tendai
    • Zen
      • Caodong
      • Fuke Zen
      • Kwan Um School of Zen
      • Sanbo Kyodan
      • Sōtō
      • Ōbaku (school of Buddhism)
      • Rinzai
  • Vajrayana
    • Shingon Buddhiyupa
        • Dagpo Kagyu
          • Karma Kagyu
          • Barom Kagyu
          • Tsalpa Kagyu
          • Phagdru Kagyu
          • Drikung Kagyu
          • Drukpa Kagyu
        • Shangpa Kagyu
      • Nyingmapa
      • Sakyapa
        • Jonangpa
  • Navayana
  • New Buddhist movements
    • Aum Shinrikyo (now known as Aleph)
    • Diamond Way
    • Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
    • New Kadampa Tradition
    • Share International
    • True Buddha School
    • Vipassana movement


Major schools and movements of Hindu philosophy


Main article: Sikhism


Abrahamic religions

A group of monotheistic traditions often grouped together because all refer to a patriarch named Abraham.



Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy




Christian Gnosticism
  • Ebionites
  • Cerdonians
  • Colorbasians
  • Simonians
Early Gnosticism
Medieval Gnosticism
  • Cathars
  • Bogomils
  • Paulicianism
  • Tondrakians
Persian Gnosticism
Syrian-Egyptic Gnosticism
  • Sethians


Kalam Schools
  • Ash'ari
  • Kalam
  • Maturidi
  • Murji'ah
  • Mu'tazili
  • Ibadi
  • Azraqi
  • Harūriyya
  • Sufri





Groups sometimes considered non-Islamic
These religious traditions are not recognized as parts of Islam by mainstream Islamic fiqh, but consider themselves to be Muslim.


Rabbinic Judaism
Non-Rabbinic Judaism
Historical groups
Other sects
  • Samaritanism
  • Ebionites
  • Elkasites
  • Nazarenes
  • Sabbateans
    • Frankists


Mystic and esoteric versions of the major religions

Iranian religions

East Asian religions

African diasporic religions

These religions are those of African cultures who have settled outside of Africa (diaspora). They are also sometimes called Creole religions. They include a number of related religions that developed in the Americas among African slaves and their descendants in various countries of the Caribbean Islands and Latin America, as well as parts of the southern United States. The traditions come from African traditional religions, especially of West and Central Africa.

Indigenous traditional faiths

Traditionally, these faiths have all been classified as pagan religions, but modern scholars prefer the terms "indigenous", "primal", "folk", or "ethnic".


  • Akan mythology
  • Ashanti mythology (Ghana)
  • Dahomey mythology (Fon)
  • Efik mythology (Nigeria, Cameroon)
  • Igbo mythology (Nigeria, Cameroon)
  • Isoko mythology (Nigeria)
  • Yoruba mythology (Nigeria, Benin)
  • Bushongo mythology (Congo)
  • Lugbara mythology (Congo)
  • Mbuti mythology (Congo)
  • Akamba mythology (East Kenya)
  • Dinka mythology (Sudan)
  • Lotuko mythology (Sudan)
  • Masai mythology (Kenya, Tanzania)
  • Khoikhoi mythology
  • Lozi mythology (Zambia)
  • Tumbuka mythology (Malawi)
  • Zulu mythology (South Africa)


Traditional religions of the Native American peoples.


  • Siberian Shamanism
  • Tengriism
  • Chukchi mythology
  • Aleut mythology
  • Evenk mythology
  • Yukaghir mythology


Historical polytheism

Ancient Near Eastern




Occult religions


New Age religions and UFO religions

Parody religions

Fictional religions

  • The Singularity Church of the Machine God (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided)
  • Tribunal Temple (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Nine Divines (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Imperial religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Nordic religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Altmeri religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Bosmeri religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Falmeri religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Dunmeri religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Yokudan religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Bretony religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Khajiiti religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Kothri religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Orcish religion (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Daedroth worship (The Elder Scrolls)
  • Cthulhu Mythos (H.P. Lovecraft)
  • Jedi (Star Wars)
  • Sith (Star Wars)
  • Je'daii (Star Wars)
  • Prophets of the Dark Side (Star Wars)
  • Cult of the Screaming Blade (Star Wars)
  • Krayt Cult (Star Wars)
  • Mandalorian religion (Star Wars)
  • Voss mysticism (Star Wars)
  • Mind walkers (Star Wars)
  • Faith of the Seven (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Old Gods of the Forest (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Faith of R'hllor (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • White Walkers / The Great Other (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Valyrian religion (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Ghiscari religion (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Ironborn Religion (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Qohorik religion (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Dothraki religion (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Lhazarene religion (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Warlocks of Qarth (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • The Lion of Night and the Maiden-Made-of-Light (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Faceless Men (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • Church of the Fonz (Family Guy)
  • Klingon religion (Star Trek)
  • Robotology (Futurama)
  • Virtology (Godspell)
  • Jashinism (Naruto)
  • The Church of Hanzo (Overwatch)
  • Imperial Cult (Warhammer 40k)
  • Divine Bomb worship (Beneath the Planet of the Apes)
  • Pagan gods (The Wicker Man)
  • The Two Great Ones (Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure)
  • Lords of Kobol (Battlestar Galactica)
  • Cylonian religion (Battlestar Galactica)
  • He Who Walks Behind the Rows (Children of the Corn)
  • Eywa (Avatar)
  • Followers of Mademoiselle (Martyrs)
  • Muad'Dib (Dune)
  • Children of Atom (Fallout)

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