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Buddhist Countries

Guess the countries where at least 40% of the population is Buddhist by some measure.
  • According to a Wikipedia
  • Quiz by HermanSilow - Jun 25, 2013
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(45)
should probably accept Myanmar for Burma, since that is the official name
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May 30, 2013
(62)
This has been discussed many times. I think it's admirable that the QuizMaster refuses to use the name placed upon the country of Burma by the ruling military junta.
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Jun 24, 2013
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I understand using Burma for historical reasons, but don't understand refusing to acknowledge its current name as even an alternative answer. Also, I don't understand refusing to acknowledge a name based on the political background of the ruling power. Sri Lanka changed its name from Ceylon, and most of the population agrees with the change. But let's keep calling it Ceylon because I don't like the people in charge during the name change.... ? Also, since Burma was never the country's real name, but rather a made-up substitute based on ease of pronunciation for European tongues, (much like Ceylon was), it makes even less sense to stubbornly stick to it. That is, unless you use the old name purely as a political / diplomatic slight. That is a game to be played by governments, not by trivia quizzes. Both names should be accepted here as they both identify the country, which is the whole point of the quiz.
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Jun 24, 2013
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never mind, it seems Myanmar is an accepted alternative now.
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Jun 24, 2013
Quizmaster
It has always been accepted. Sheesh.
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Jun 25, 2013
(17)
I don't know about you, milk, but what if the military of your country took control and renamed your country We-Love-The-Military-Land, would you be happy? Burma is what the Burmese people would call their country if they weren't executed for doing so.
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Jun 27, 2013
TedMosby
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@GeographerCartographer and others. I'm truly sorry for the people of Myanmar if they are ruled by an antidemocratic government, and sadly a lot of countries live like that this days; but an OFFICIAL name it's an official name. It's not the Jetpunk's place to deny that.
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Oct 20, 2013
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Both "Myanmar" and "Burma" are foreign approximations of two different names the people use for their country. "Burma" comes from [bəma], which is a colloquial register word, and "Myanmar" comes from [mjəma], which is a more official register word. Both have legitimate etymologies, regardless of what you think of the ruling military junta.
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Apr 4, 2014
dunkinggandalf
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Maybe we should start calling every non-democratic country by a different name, just to spite them. For instance, China has never been a democracy, I don't like their government, so let's call them Ching-chong-ding-dong!
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Nov 24, 2014
YamatoFans
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I love Quizmaster's reply. Thanks for the fun quiz and many others!
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Apr 24, 2015
kmp
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Well said, Quizmaster!
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Apr 24, 2015
jdf230
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Surprised India isn't on there. Hinduism maybe?
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Jun 24, 2013
(62)
and Islam and Christianity and Sikhism. Buddhism got it's start in Nepal and India but it was mostly an offshoot of Hinduism which was already established. It spread to the East and then became marginalized in the west by the spread of these other religions.
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Jun 24, 2013
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India is a Hindu country
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Nov 30, 2014
dunkinggandalf
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Yeah - let's just dismiss kalba's sensible response and view 1.3 billion people one-dimensionally instead.
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Apr 24, 2015
BuckDonk
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I got 100% from knowing geography, but I honestly didn't know 40% of people of Buddhists in ANY of these countries...
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Jun 24, 2013
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If you're trying to list these in alphabetical order, Laos comes before Mongolia.
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Jun 24, 2013
(62)
and Taiwan comes before Thailand.
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Jun 24, 2013
(66)
that's why i missed Mongolia...I should have guessed it anyways, but I was missing one between Japan and Laos and didn't bother.
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Jun 24, 2013
anasset
(45)
same thing happened to me
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Jun 24, 2013
Quizmaster
Fixed the alphabetization.
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Jun 25, 2013
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11/12 I thought Sri lanka was a predominately muslim country, apparently not though.
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Jun 24, 2013
(31)
I got the same too and I didn't get Sri Lanka either :P
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Nov 30, 2014
(29)
Well that was fairly easy. I actually knew quite a few of these, but I still had to guess for some just based on geography.
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Jun 24, 2013
(27)
Interesting quiz.. got them all right.
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Jun 25, 2013
(28)
Stupid Singapore! That's the only one I missed! And I didn't even look at any of the comments!
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Jun 28, 2013
(49)
the largest port in the world
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Aug 22, 2013
(65)
Finally got that one with 6 seconds left!
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Jul 10, 2014
George12ISL
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Japan? I can't believe it!
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Sep 13, 2013
(44)
Um....Zen? -___-
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Mar 4, 2015
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What religion were you expecting from Japan?
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Apr 24, 2015
(67)
Shintoism.
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Apr 24, 2015
sabatacal
(21)
I would've though South Korea would be on the list but I guess not.
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Dec 7, 2013
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South Koreans are about 40-50% Christian and the rest are... animists or Confucians with a vaguely Shintoist flavor, or just "non-religious" since these things are often not considered real religions.
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Mar 10, 2014
dunkinggandalf
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South Korea is less than 30% christian (lumping catholics and protestants together - I know some evangelists oppose that...). It's about 25-30% buddhist, and then some. Like in many Asian places, religions are not necessarily viewed as exclusive of each other. In Japan for instance, everybody is pretty much both buddhist and shintoist, and they will use different rituals for different events, but many will also get married in a christian church, because they like Western-style weddings.
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Nov 24, 2014
dunkinggandalf
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It's true though that South Korea has beautiful buddhist shrines, and rather ugly christian churches (with big flashy neon red crosses on top), so you tend to focus on the former when you visit...
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Nov 24, 2014
(44)
Dunking's numbers are correct. The Christian presence is quite visible in South Korea but their actual percentage is closer to 30%. Shintoism not present in South Korea as it is an indigenous Japanese religion. Korean Buddhism is still very much a thing but is so well weaved into the culture that it's not as visible as their garish, ostensible brand of Christianity.
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Mar 4, 2015
(62)
Wikipedia says 30.2% Christian. I'm not sure where I got the 40-50% figure from before.
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Apr 24, 2015
GiaHuy
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100% with 1:17 left
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Jun 7, 2014
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Surprised India wasn't on because that's where Buddhism originated.
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Aug 26, 2014
dunkinggandalf
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True, but look at christianity, which originated in the Middle East - I don't even think Lebanon still has more than 40% christians in that region!
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Nov 24, 2014
dunkinggandalf
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Just checked: turns out the 2014 CIA World Factbook lists Lebanon as 39% christian. That was close!
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Nov 24, 2014
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gandalf is right. Religions spread and mutate and take hold in different places. Contemporary Christianity, the way we think of it today, is really not the Middle Eastern religion of Paul, and certainly not the Jewish Apocalypse/Personality Cult of Jesus, but it's actually a Roman religion, instituted by Constantine and spread to every corner of the Roman Empire using rituals, iconography, and even theology borrowed from traditional Roman polytheism. Rome, and Italy, and pretty much all of what was once the Roman Empire- the bits that were not conquered by Arabs anyway- are still predominantly Christian.

The earliest Christian communities, prior to the Roman absorption of the religion, were in Israel (now predominantly Jewish, large Muslim minority, small Christian minority), Syria (now predominantly Muslim, small Christian and tiny Jewish minorities), Turkey (predominantly Muslim), and Lebanon (mixed Muslim and Christian).
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Apr 24, 2015
(62)
The first officially Christian countries were Armenia (adopted in 301 AD), the Roman Empire (adopted in 313 AD), and Aksum/Abyssinia (adopted in 330 AD). The city-state of Edessa became officially Christian around 218 AD.

If we consider Italy or Vatican City to be the modern day equivalent of Rome, and Ethiopia to be the modern day equivalent of Aksum, then all of these places are still Christian today except Edessa, in Turkey, which has no modern day nation-state equivalent.
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Apr 24, 2015
(45)
Very timely comment about Armenia considering the significance of today's date.
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Apr 24, 2015
(62)
I just arrived in Armenia about ten hours ago. I'm all sorts of timely.
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Apr 24, 2015
(28)
I cant believe I got 100% with 1:11 left!
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Apr 5, 2015
(62)
I can't believe it took you that long, considering how much you love geography.
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Apr 24, 2015
(23)
South Korea?
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Apr 24, 2015
allison76
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Got 100% but surprised about India. Thought for sure it wad be up there.
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May 10, 2015
JBrommit
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VERY surprised Nepal wasn't on there.
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Aug 27, 2015
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