Faces of Faith

Michal Novotný

Introduction

Faces of Faith – the project documenting the most interesting religious rituals When I was growing up in Communist Czechoslovakia, my teachers told me that there is no God and that religion is the opium of the people.

Many years later I embarked on a personal journey: to observe people who believe in gods, and maybe, at the end of the journey, to find God. I lit a candle everywhere I could – for my Dad and my other ancestors, wherever they may be.

The world’s faithful account for 83% of the global population; the great majority of these fall under twelve classical religions. These twelve religions are the most prominent spiritual traditions that still exist. There are many smaller or less well-known religions. However, due to how much (or how little) different religions are represented in different communities,  the layperson might not know much about the beliefs and traditions held by religious people worldwide. Infoplease is here to help with our overviews of nine of these classical religions. 

There are some 4,300 religions of the world. This is according to Adherents, an independent, non-religiously affiliated organisation that monitors the number and size of the world’s religions.

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