Wednesday, December 12, 2012

We are rising!

No-one outside Paganism seems to have noticed that the number of out and proud Pagans has doubled since the last census.

Census 2011
Animism 541
Occult 502
Druid 4,189
Heathen 1,958
Pagan 56,620
Pantheism 2,216
Reconstructionist 251
Shamanism 650
Thelemite 184
Wicca 11,766
Witchcraft 1,276
Total = 80,153

Not included in the above total: Traditional African Religion 588, Vodun 208, Taoism 4144, Shinto, 1075, New Age 698, Native American Church 127, Chinese Religion 182, Satanists 1,893.

Here's the Office of National Statistics page with the spreadsheets if you want to download a copy and play with the numbers yourself.

Census 2001
Pagan 30,569
Wiccan 7,227
Druid 1,657
Pantheist 1,603
Heathen 278
Asatru 92
Animism 401
Ancestor Worship 101
Celtic Pagan 508
Total 42,436


Lee said...

As far as I know from talking to the PaganDash person; there will be figures buried within the 56,000 pagans which splits them out into the various paths too.

There is also a 13,000 strong category 'Other religions: other religions' whihc may hold people falling under the pagan umbrella. All in all i think the 80,000 figure is still lower than the actual figure. very good news in all.

Yewtree said...

The other religions: other religions category might contain non-Christian Unitarians too, of whom there are many.

Unitarians who do not identify as Christian were advised to tick "Other religion" and then write "Unitarian" in the box below. However, they do not appear to have been counted.