Isn’t data just beautiful? These incredibly detailed videos and images present statistics relating to the history of religion. They go back to the ancient era and trace from the first unearthed evidence of any religion or faith.
Even though the date of the origin of religion is uncertain, most of these graphs and videos peg it around three to four thousand BCE. Yet, most of recorded human history has been influenced by these very developments that have only taken place over the past six thousand years. Even today, religion remains as relevant to the world as it was during the early stages of human civilisation.
First we have a video posted by Business Insider, which shows the manner in which the world’s five biggest religions (Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism) spread. A common observable feature is that once a religion emerged, it spread quite rapidly before its pace slowed down. Nonetheless, by now, the relationship between a particular religion and a particular region has been well cemented. The role of conquests, historical events, and changing though processes have also been highlighted in this two and a half minute video.
We also have this interesting "evolution tree of contemporary religions" created by The 40 Foundation. This aesthetically brilliant artwork can be stared at for hours on end. You could focus on any one of these "branches" beginning at the root and follow it through to today. You can also see when a religion split into numerous sect, and when a particular sect or an entire religion seized to exist. Check it out here: http://000024.org/religions_tree/religions_tree_8.html
Another exciting way to look at the world is through this particular image, attributed to Caitlin Orr and Richard Johnson of National Post. While dividing the world into Abrahamic and Dharmic religions, it also attempts to observe the relationship between the two diametrically opposite schools of religion. Data regarding religious fervor and data concerning minority religions is also efficiently presented.
For a larger image with each element visible, click here: https://nationalpostnews.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/fo0324_religion1200.jpg