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Astronism in Papua New Guinea refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this country are under jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of Papua New Guinea, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.
The Astronist Superiate of Papua New Guinea oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. Papua New Guinea is split into twenty-two provinces and is set to hold one Grand Observatory in the capital city of Port Moresby.
This national branch of the Astronist Institution manages the official representation and depiction of Astronism throughout this territory, including efforts to protect the identity of the philosophy with the intention of further disseminating it throughout the territory.
It is the Institution alone that is granted the status of proprietor to the philosophy in this territory as any other organisations or institutions proclaiming such a role are deemed as unauthorised proprietors and are therefore considered as part of the anti-Institutionist movement.
Several terms are used to refer to the presence of Astronism in Papua New Guinea including:
- Astro-Papua New Guinean philosophy
- Astro-Papua New Guinean religion
- Astro-Papua New Guinean spirituality
- Papua New Guinean astroncy
- Papua New Guinean Astronism
- Papua New Guinean astronomical religion
- Papua New Guinean Cosmism
- Papua New Guinean space religion
History of Astronism in Papua New Guinea
As of December 2020, Astronism is not recognised as a valid religion or religious group in the country of Papua New Guinea. According to the Astronist Institution's late 2020 report called the Demographics of Astronism, Papua New Guinea had a population of 2,000 Astronists.
Despite their unrecognised status, Astronists enjoy relative religious liberties in the country and can practice and profess their faith openly and publicly without fear of repression or incident. Therefore, the Astronist Institution has not expressed concerns regarding the religious freedoms for Astronists in this country.
A significant barrier to the further spread of Astronism in the country is the lack of accurate translations of Astronist materials in the non-English languages used in the country. As of late 2020, the Omnidoxy had not been translated into the most widely spoken non-English Australasian languages of Papua New Guinea which remains an issue for Astronists there.
Astronist demographics in Papua New Guinea
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