The list of still-active religious movements given here is an attempt to summarize the most important regional and philosophical influences on local communities, but it is by no means a complete description of every religious community, nor does it explain the most important elements of individual religiousness.
The five largest religious groups by population, estimated to account for between 5 and 7 billion people, are Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism (with the relative numbers for Buddhism and Hinduism dependent on the extent of syncretism) and Chinese folk religion.
|Five largest religions||Adherents in 2000||% of world population||Demographics|
|Christianity||2.0 billion||33%||Christianity by country|
|Islam||1.2 billion||19.6%||Islam by country|
|Hinduism||811 million||13.4%||Hinduism by country|
|Chinese folk religion||385 million||6.4%||Chinese folk religion|
|Buddhism||360 million||5.9%||Buddhism by country|
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