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The 5 great world religions

There are an incredible number of people and cultures on our earth. Many cultures have been shaped by religions. In order to understand the different cultures a little better, one has to deal with the world religions. We present these to you.

Belief in God

The word religion is derived from "religio". The Latin word means something like "fear of God" or "reconciliation with the gods". Belief in one god or in several gods gives people strength. They recognize their purpose in life in it and adjust their way of life accordingly. Many people deal with death in their faith.

Experts cannot say exactly how many religions there are. Because it is often difficult to say whether a belief is really a religion. In general, there are 5 major world religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.

Each of these world religions still has different currents. Often there are also differences in the regions of the world. It is impossible to accurately map all religions and write everything down. Because the religions also have a very long history. But we have tried to write down the most important things for you.


Islam is the second largest religion in the world. There are around 1.3 billion Muslims (also known as Muslims) in over 100 countries around the world. Islam is very widespread in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Africa. Many Muslims also live in Germany.


Judaism is the oldest and smallest world religion. It is considered to be the origin of the Christian and Islamic religions. There are approximately 15 million Jews, most of whom live in North America and Israel.


Hinduism is the third largest religion on earth. The origin is in India. Around 750 million Indians profess this religion.