The Eastern religions are the religions which originated in East, South and Southeast Asia and thus have dissimilarities with Western, African and Iranian religions. This includes the East Asian religions such as Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Sindoism, and Chinese folk religion, South Asian religions including Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and Southeast Asian religions such as Vietnamese folk religion and Caodaism as well as animistic indigenous religions.
This East-West religious distinction, just as with the East-West culture distinction, and the implications that arise from it, is broad and not precise. Furthermore, the geographical distinction has less meaning in the current context of global transculturation.
While many Western observers attempt to distinguish between Eastern philosophies and religions, this is a distinction that does not exist in some Eastern traditions.
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