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Buddhist Countries

Guess the countries where at least 15% of the population is Buddhist according to the Pew Research Center
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% Buddhist
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96.9
93.2
80.1
74.7
69.3
66.0
55.1
% Buddhist
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36.2
33.9
22.9
21.3
18.2
17.7
16.4
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Surprised India isn't on there. Hinduism maybe?
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Jun 24, 2013
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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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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
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Interesting quiz.. got them all right.
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Jun 25, 2013
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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
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the largest port in the world
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Aug 22, 2013
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Finally got that one with 6 seconds left!
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Jul 10, 2014
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Japan? I can't believe it!
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Sep 13, 2013
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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
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Shintoism.
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Apr 24, 2015
Shinto and Buddhism are not mutually exclusive.
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Mar 25, 2017
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My understanding is that Shintoism isn't exactly a religion over there. It's kind of like Japanese mythology, even to the Japanese.
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Mar 27, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Very timely comment about Armenia considering the significance of today's date.
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Apr 24, 2015
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I just arrived in Armenia about ten hours ago. I'm all sorts of timely.
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Apr 24, 2015
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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
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VERY surprised Nepal wasn't on there.
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Aug 27, 2015
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I have a feeling that all the Tibetan exiles may not be counted.
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Feb 26, 2016
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hi bhutan hi...forgot you for some reason
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Jun 10, 2016
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forgot my own country lol (Sri Lanka)
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Feb 6, 2017
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Nepal?
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Mar 27, 2017
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Very interesting quiz
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Mar 27, 2017
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I'm actually surprised that Vietnam is only 16%. Usually where there are indigenous religions, Buddhism just sort of syncretically absorbs/adapts them.
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Mar 28, 2017
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japan is actually shintoism...am i right? and Buddha was born in Nepal, so I think it's supposed to be there..
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Apr 16, 2017
Buddhism and Shinto aren't incompatible. A person can be both. Nepal is a Hindu country, primarily.
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Apr 16, 2017
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