Buddhism in Oceania
Buddhism is a minority religion in Oceania.
- 1 Buddhist population by countries or territories
- 2 Buddhism in Australia
- 3 Buddhism in New Zealand
- 4 Buddhism in Northern Mariana Island
- 5 Buddhism in Tonga
- 6 Buddhism in American Samoa
- 7 Buddhism in Vanuatu
- 8 Buddhism in Guam
- 9 Buddhism in Palau
- 10 Buddhism in the Federated States of Micronesia
- 11 See also
- 12 References
Buddhist population by countries or territoriesEdit
|'Country' or territories||Percentage of Buddhists|
|Northern Mariana Island||10.6%|
|Federated States of Micronesia||0.7%|
Buddhism in AustraliaEdit
In Australia, Buddhism is a small but growing religion. According to the 2016 census, 2.4 percent of the total population of Australia , identified as Buddhist. It was also the fastest-growing religion by percentage, having increased its number of adherents by 79 percent between the 1996 and 2001 censuses. Buddhism is the third largest religion in the country after Christianity and Islam.
Buddhism in New ZealandEdit
Buddhism is New Zealand's third largest religion after Christianity and Hinduism, standing at 1.5% of the population of New Zealand. Buddhism originates in Asia and was introduced to New Zealand by immigrants from East Asia.
Buddhism in Northern Mariana IslandEdit
According to the Pew Research Center, 2010:, buddhism constitute 10.6% of the population of Northern Mariana Island.The Japanese occupation had the effect of creating a sizable Buddhist community which remained even after their departure.
Buddhism in TongaEdit
Buddhism in American SamoaEdit
Buddhism in VanuatuEdit
Buddhism is practiced by 4% of the population of Vanuatu.
Buddhism in GuamEdit
Buddhism in PalauEdit
About 0.8% of the population was estimated to be Buddhist in 2010. After the arrival of Jesuit priests in the early 19th century, foreign missionaries have been active. During the Japanese mandate, Japanese Christian missions were heavily subsidized; Japan's native Buddhists were given a comparative pittance. Japanese rule brought Mahayana Buddhism and Shinto to Palau, with the syncretism of the two being the majority religion among Japanese settlers. However, following Japan's World War II defeat, the remaining Japanese largely converted to Christianity, while the remainder continued to practise Buddhism, but stopped practicing Shinto rites. The Seventh-day Adventist and Evangelical churches have missionaries teaching in their respective elementary and high schools.
Buddhism in the Federated States of MicronesiaEdit
- Australia. Bureau of Statistics. Year Book Australia, 2003. 21 January 2003. 19 May 2006.
- Table 28, 2013 Census Data – QuickStats About Culture and Identity – Tables.
- "Religions in Northern Mariana Islands - PEW-GRF". www.globalreligiousfutures.org.
- International Religious Freedom Report 2007: Tonga. United States Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (September 14, 2007). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- "American Samoa: Adherents Profile at the Association of Religion Data Archives, World Christian Database". Thearda.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
- "The Association of Religion Data Archives | National Profiles". Thearda.com. Retrieved 2013-06-03.
- Willard Price. Japan's Islands of Mystery. p. 111.
- Brigham Young University—Hawaii Campus (1981), p. 36
- "Religious Adherents, 2010 (World Christian Database)". The Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved 20 February 2016.