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Chapter+7 - The Geography of Religion Spaces and Places of...

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The Geography of Religion: Spaces and Places of Sacredness Chapter 7
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Types of religion Proselytic – actively seek new members and aim to convert. - universalizing – attempt to appeal to all Ethnic – identified with some particular ethnic or tribal group and so not seek converts.
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Region The most basic formal culture region shows the spatial distribution of religious faiths. Religious divisions: - Branch > Denomination > Sect
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World Religions
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Religious culture regions (cont.) Christianity – proselytic, monotheistic - World’s largest religion in both area and members - 3 main branches - Eastern vs. Western Christianity
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Percentage Christian
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Region Islam – proselytic, monotheistic - Claims over 1 billion followers, mostly in the desert belt of Asia and northern Africa. - Muhammad’s ‘Five Pillars of Faith’ - 2 main branches
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Percentage Muslim
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Region Hinduism - ethnic, polytheistic - World’s 3 rd largest religion - > 90% found in India Judaism – ethnic, monotheistic - Mostly located in US, Israel, former USSR - Parent of Christianity and closely related to Islam
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Location of Hindu temples in US *Some icons represent more than one temple in the same region
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Percentage Jewish
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