Asia is the largest continent on earth. It stretches from its boundary with Europe at the Ural Mountains in the west to the Pacific Ocean in the east. It also reaches from Africa and Oceania to the south all the way to the Arctic Ocean in the north.
See also: Asian Century
The Asian Century is the projected 21st-century dominance of Asian politics and culture by social scientists, based on current demographic and economic trends persisting. The characterization of the 21st century being an Asian Century parallels the 20th century seen as the American Century, and the 19th century as the British Century.
A 2011 study conducted by the Asian Development Bank estimates that an additional 3 billion Asians could enjoy living standards similar to those in Europe today, and the region could produce over half of global economic output by the middle of this century. It did warn, however, that the Asian Century is not cast in stone and it is merely a projection based on current trends.
Varied, as it is in fact a rather large place. Ranges from jungles in the mid-east, ice and snow in the north and near desert in the south.
Animals found in Asia and associated with the region include:
Panda Bears: A black and white bear species native to China, which is famous for primarily subsisting on bamboo shoots.
Tigers: Including the famous Bengal variety found in on the Indian sub-continant and the white colored Siberian Tiger.
Indian Elephants: A (comparatived to African Elephants) smaller species of Elephant found throughout Southern Asia and traditionally used for transportation and warfare.
Monkeys The continent is home to several species of monkey including Hanuman langurs in India and Japanese Macaques, known to enjoy bathing in hotsprings.
Tanuki A canid species native to Japan which bears superficial resemblances to the racoon
Ethnic groups of Asia include but are not limited to Ainu, Arabs, Dravidians, Han, Hmong, Karen, Kurds, Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese aborigines.
In Asia a variety of languages can be found including but not limited to the Arabic language, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese language, Korean language, Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian language, Tagalog, and the Turkish language.
Asian religion is shaped by five major influences:
The Chinese influence is in eastern Asia and it is primarily the source of Confucianism and Taoism. The Indian influence is primarily through Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism, which has spread more to other countries than Hinduism has. Islam remains the dominant religion in southwest Asia, and also eastern and northern Africa. The Russian Orthodox Church has an influence in the Russian western parts of Siberia. Judaism is mainly concentrated in Israel, but can also be found in Japan, China, and India. Other Asian religions include, Bahai, Cao Dai, Juche, Shinto, Tenrikyo and Zoroastrianism. A majority of people worldwide follow an Asian religion.
Decline of Asian atheism
See also: Asian atheism and Growth of Christianity in China
The current atheist population mostly resides in East Asia (particularly China) and in secular Europe/Australia among whites. See also: Western atheism and race
According to the global news website Quartz:
|“|| Atheists, agnostics, and other religious non-affiliates are a dying breed in Asia. According to a Pew Research Center study released last week, Asia’s shrinking pool of men and women who don’t identify with any religion are driving a drop in the proportion of “religious nones” in the world.
The percentage of the unaffiliated in Asia Pacific—home to about 76% of the world’s unaffiliated—will fall to 17% in 2050 from 21%, Pew estimates. ...this drop in Asia and the growth of religious communities elsewhere will mean the unaffiliated will make up only 13% of the world’s population in 2050, down from 16% in 2010.
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- Burma (Myanmar)
- East Timor
- North Korea (DPRK)
- Palestine (Gaza+West Bank)
- Saudi Arabia
- Sri Lanka
- South Korea
- Taiwan (Formosa)
- UAE (United Arab Emirates)
- ↑ "Asia 2050: Realizing the Asian Century | Asian Development Bank". Adb.org. 2012-03-26. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
- ↑ A surprising map of where the world’s atheists live, By Max Fisher and Caitlin Dewey, Washington Post, May 23, 2013
- ↑ Across the Asia Pacific, the population of atheists and agnostics is shrinking