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Astronism in São Tomé and Príncipe refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this country are under jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of São Tomé and Príncipe, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.
The Astronist Superiate of São Tomé and Príncipe oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. São Tomé and Príncipe is split into two provinces and is set to hold one Grand Observatory in the capital city of São Tomé, and another in Príncipe.
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 São Tomé and Príncipe including:
- Astro-São Toméan philosophy
- Astro-São Toméan religion
- Astro-São Toméan spirituality
- São Toméan astroncy
- São Toméan Astronism
- São Toméan astronomical religion
- São Toméan Cosmism
- São Toméan space religion
History of Astronism in São Tomé and Príncipe
As of December 2020, Astronism is not recognised as a valid religion or religious group in the country of São Tomé and Príncipe. According to the Astronist Institution's late 2020 report called the Demographics of Astronism, São Tomé and Príncipe had a population of 305 Astronists, up just five people from the previous year.
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 dominant language of the nation. As of late 2020, the Omnidoxy had not been translated into the most widely spoken language of São Tomé and Príncipe which remains an issue for Astronists there.
Astronist demographics in São Tomé and Príncipe
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