Decline of Buddhism and Rising Non-Affiliation in East Asia
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Decline of Buddhism and Rising Non-Affiliation in East Asia

The latest survey by the Pew Research Center reveals significant trends in affiliation in East , showing a complex and evolving spiritual .

The survey, conducted in , , , , and , found that many people do not identify with a single but blend practices and beliefs from various traditions into their lives.

The Pew Research Center notes that East Asia appears to be one of the least religious regions globally, with relatively few adults praying daily or considering religion very important in their lives.

Additionally, the region has some of the highest rates of religious disaffiliation.

Despite this, many individuals maintain such as food to ancestors and believing in or unseen beings.

and religious non-affiliation are the predominant identities in the surveyed societies. However, South Korea and Hong Kong have notable Christian populations, while Taiwan has a significant number of Daoists.

Religious switching is common, with many adults in Hong Kong and South Korea moving from Buddhism or to non-affiliation.

Younger adults are more likely to be religiously unaffiliated compared to older generations.

The survey also highlights varying attitudes toward proselytizing, with majorities in Japan and South Korea opposing it, while Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Vietnam show more support for conversion efforts.

Overall, the findings underscore a dynamic religious environment in East Asia, with high levels of switching and diverse religious practices.


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