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Religion by Country
  • Buddhism: Bhutan*, Brunei, Cambodia*, China, Japan*, Malaysia, Mongolia*, North Korea*, South Korea, Thailand*, Vietnam*
  • Christianity: Brunei, China, East Timor*, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines*, South Korea
  • Confucianism: North Korea*, Vietnam*
  • Hinduism: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India*, Malaysia
  • Islam: Afghanistan*, Bangladesh*, Brunei*, China, India, Indonesia*, Pakistan*
  • Shintoism: Japan*
  • Taoism (Daoism): China*, Malaysia, Vietnam*
  • None/Atheist: Mongolia
  • No Affiliation: South Korea*

  • * Primary religion(s) in country

    [Source: CIA World Factbook]

    General Information
    History for Kids' West Asian Religions
    Yahoo's Religion & Beliefs Directory

    Lesson Plans
    Cleveland Museum of Art's Lesson Plans; Includes Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto
    National Geographic's "Religion and Belief Systems in Asia"
    National Geographic's "The Spread of Buddhism"

    Buddhism Buddhism
    Access to Insight's: What is Theravada Buddhism?
    BuddhaNet's Basic Buddhism Guide: 5 Minute Introduction
    Buddhist Studies WWW Virtual Library

    Directory of Hindu Resources Online
    Facets of Religion: Hinduism
    Hindu Universe
    Hinduism: The World's Third Largest Religion
    Open Directory Project: Hinduism

    Constitutional Rights Foundation - The Origins of Islamic Law
    Explore Islam
    Muslim Answers
    Muslims Internet Directory
    Muslim Women's League
    My Muslim - General Information
    Statements for the Academic Study of Islam, Religion, and Middle East
    Understanding Islam
    Why Islam?

    Film Titles to Consider
    The Land of the Disappearing Buddha - Japan
    Abstract: "If the Buddha of India met the Buddha of Japan, would they recognize each other? To find out, this program talks to the staff in a Tokyo restaurant who keep regular Zen meditation schedules as part of their job, then on to the classical Zen calligraphy, swordfighting, archery and tea ceremony." [From Ambrose Video]

    Religions of the World
    Abstract: "Transcend into a world where spiritual beliefs know no limits. Travel to exotic locations around the world and see how such religions as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Protestantism and Catholicism have shaped cultures, changed history and left their mark on humanity. Learn fascinating facts about the striking similarities and differences. Explore what makes up the core of our very existence. Narrated by Ben Kingsley." Several titles in the series include Buddhism, Confucianism & Taoism , Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, and Religions of Small Societies."

    A Separate Peace: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism
    Abstract: "This program examines the structure and major tenets of these four eastern religious philosophies. The role of the spiritual master in Hinduism is defined, and the belief in transcendental power and a multitude of deities is explained. The history of Buddhism is traced from the 6th century BC. Reincarnation and non-violence are discussed as major beliefs. Chinese Taoism, especially its stress on the equilibrium of forces, is examined. Shintoism, a Japanese religion, is presented as a form of animism in which nature is composed of a multitude of deities: the kami. Shintoism's coexistence in Japan with Buddhism is explained as follows: 'Shintoism is in charge of birth and marriage; Buddhism is in charge of death." [From AEMS]

    Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith
    Abstract: " For half a century Huston Smith has immersed himself in the world's religions, seeking to understand their hold on the human heart and imagination. Now, Bill Moyers talks with Smith about how the six great religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam – differ, and what they hold in common. Titles are: "Hinduism and Buddhism," "Confucianism," "Christianity and Judaism," "Islam," and "A Personal Philosophy." Available from [From AEMS]

    For More Film Titles, browse AEMS' Fall 2001 News & Reviews
    You will find reviews for the following films (in alphabetical order):
    Confucianism & Taoism
    Faith of Islam
    Japan Past & Present: Buddha in the Land of the Kami
    The Long Search, Islam: There is no god but god
    One Precept: Zen Buddhism in America
    The Principles and Practice of Zen
    Religions of the World: Shinto
    Shinto: Nature God & Man
    Taoism: A Question of Balance

    Last Updated July 27, 2012
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