Map of the World’s Religion from the Eyes of a 19th Century Scotsman


This 1854 map of world religion appeared as part of an atlas published in Scotland by cartographer Alexander Keith Johnston.

The map, a “Moral and Statistical Chart Showing the Geographical Distribution of Man According to Religious Belief”, presents religious geography from a Scotch Protestant perspective.

[R]eligious publications of the time often included figures tallying the relative prevalence of world religions, as a way of encouraging readers to fund and support mission efforts.

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Via Slate.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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