Indigenous (ethnic, folk) religions

Indigenous Religions or Nature Religion that consist of the traditional customs and beliefs (Paganism, Animism, Totemism, Shamanism) of particular ethnic groups, refined and expanded upon for thousands of years, often lacking formal doctrine.

Indigenous religions, formerly found on every continent, but now marginalized by the major organized faiths. Despite this, they often persist as undercurrents of folk religion. This category includes African religions (African traditional and  Diasporic African), Asian Shamanism, Native American religions, Mesoamerican Religion, Aztec Religion, Inuit Religion, Austronesian and Australian Aboriginal traditionsEthnic religion, and arguably Chinese folk religion (overlaps with Far Eastern religions).

Indigenous religions is a category used in the study of religion to demarcate the religious belief systems of communities described as being “indigenous“. This category is often juxtaposed against others such as the “world religions” and “new religious movements“. The term is commonly applied to a range of different belief systems across the Americas, Australasia, Asia, Africa, and Northern Europe, particularly to those practiced by communities living under the impact of colonialism.

An Indigenous Australian playing the didgeridoo

An Indigenous Australian playing the didgeridoo

Common concepts in Indigenous Religions

Kwakwaka'wakw Cedar sisiutl mask.

Kwakwaka’wakw Cedar sisiutl mask.

Articles about Indigenous Religions

The List of Known Indigenous Religions

African

Main article: Religion in Africa

Main article: Traditional African religion and African Divination

Main article: Afro-American religion

European

American

Main articles: Inuit religion and Native American religion

Siberian shaman,

Siberian shaman

Uralic (Eurasian)

Altaic

Austroasiatic

Austronesian

Chinese

Main article: Chinese folk religion

Japanese

Main article: Religion in Japan

Korean

Main article: Religion in Korea

Tai and Miao

Tibeto-Burmese

Adapted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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