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Q: Hinduism - growth statistics ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Hinduism - growth statistics
Category: Relationships and Society > Religion
Asked by: goldenavatar-ga
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Posted: 26 Nov 2006 07:17 PST
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Question ID: 785665
I need statistics to show that Hinduism is growing, both in the
East and the West. I need something which accounts for the rise of
global / regional / country population growth of Hindus.
Subject: Re: Hinduism - growth statistics
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 27 Nov 2006 03:21 PST
Dear Golden Avatar, 

The question of the rise of Eastern religions in the West has several
explanations and quite frankly, my answer will probably not cover
every theory, given the fact that this issue has been dealt with the
numerous studies. Here are several recommendations:
* The Hindu Diaspora : Comparative Patterns by Steven Vertovec 
* Books that explore Hinduism in the West as a New Religious Movement,
like James Lewis' Encyclopaedie of New Religious Movements; or George
Chryssides' latest book on New Religious Movements.
* The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World
Politics by Peter L. Berger, Jonathan Sacks, David Martin, and Tu

You can see hard data regarding the number of Hindus in every country
or region in the world, and to see how it is growing, at
<> (please note, that the
page continues). is a good site, because it states exactly where it got
its information from. However, it should be noted that a movement that
is "neo-Hindu" (that is, doesn't belong to one of the orthodox
branches, but is a Western adaptation) might not in included in's statistics.

Wikipedia has a page on "Hinduism by Country": 
Hinduism by Country
If you click on each country, which has a link, you'd get the article
about Hinduism in that particular country, and the statistics related.
For example:

Hinduism in Canada

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.
Subject: Re: Hinduism - growth statistics
From: frde-ga on 29 Nov 2006 02:53 PST
I understand that there is currently a strong movement of lower castes
from Hinduism to a form of Bhuddism
- there was a feature about it on the BBC World Service (radio)

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