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Astronism by country

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A-D
Afghanistan · Albania · Algeria · Andorra · Angola · Antigua and Barbuda · Argentina · Armenia · Australia · Austria · Azerbaijan · The Bahamas · Bahrain · Bangladesh · Barbados · Belarus · Belgium · Belize · Benin · Bhutan · Bolivia · Bosnia and Herzegovina · Botswana · Brazil · Brunei · Bulgaria · Burkina Faso · Burundi · Cape Verde · Cambodia · Cameroon · Canada · Central African Republic · Chad · Chile · China · Colombia · Comoros · Congo, Democratic Republic of the · Congo, Republic of the · Costa Rica · Côte d'Ivoire · Croatia · Cuba · Cyprus · Czech Republic

E-H
Denmark · Djibouti · Dominica · Dominican Republic · East Timor · Ecuador · Egypt · El Salvador · Equatorial Guinea · Eritrea · Estonia · Ethiopia · Fiji · Finland · France · Gabon · The Gambia · Georgia · Germany · Ghana · Greece · Grenada · Guatemala · Guinea · Guinea-Bissau · Guyana · Haiti · Honduras · Hungary

I-L
Iceland · India · Indonesia · Iran · Iraq · Ireland · Israel · Italy · Jamaica · Japan · Jordan · Kazakhstan · Kenya · Kiribati · Korea, North · Korea, South · Kosovo · Kuwait · Kyrgyzstan · Laos · Latvia · Lebanon · Lesotho · Liberia · Libya · Liechtenstein · Lithuania · Luxembourg

M-P
Macedonia · Madagascar · Malawi · Malaysia · Maldives · Mali · Malta · Marshall Islands · Mauritania · Mauritius · Mexico · Micronesia · Moldova · Monaco · Mongolia · Montenegro · Morocco · Mozambique · Myanmar · Namibia · Nauru · Nepal · Netherlands · New Zealand · Nicaragua · Niger · Nigeria · Norway · Oman · Pakistan · Palau · Panama · Papua New Guinea · Paraguay · Peru · Philippines · Poland · Portugal

Q-T
Qatar · Romania · Russia · Rwanda · Saint Kitts and Nevis · Saint Lucia · Saint Vincent and the Grenadines · Samoa · San Marino · São Tomé and Príncipe · Saudi Arabia · Senegal · Serbia · Seychelles · Sierra Leone · Singapore · Slovakia · Slovenia · Solomon Islands · Somalia · South Africa · Spain · Sri Lanka · Sudan · South Sudan · Suriname · Swaziland · Sweden · Switzerland · Syria · Taiwan · Tajikistan · Tanzania · Thailand · Togo · Tonga · Trinidad and Tobago · Tunisia · Turkey · Turkmenistan · Tuvalu

U-Z
Uganda · Ukraine · United Arab Emirates · United Kingdom · United States · Uruguay · Uzbekistan · Vanuatu · Vatican City · Venezuela · Vietnam · Yemen · Zambia · Zimbabwe

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Astronist terminology
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Cultural elements

Astronism in South Africa refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the Republic of South Africa. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this country are under jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of South Africa, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.

The Astronist Superiate of South Africa oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. South Africa is split into nine provinces and is set to hold one Grand Observatory in the capital city of Cape Town.

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.

Other terms

Several terms are used to refer to the presence of Astronism in South Africa including:

  • Astro-South African philosophy
  • Astro-South African religion
  • Astro-South African spirituality
  • South African astroncy
  • South African Astronism
  • South African astronomical religion
  • South African Cosmism
  • South African space religion

History of Astronism in South Africa

As of December 2020, Astronism is not recognised as a valid religion or religious group in the country of South Africa. According to the Astronist Institution's late 2020 report called the Demographics of Astronism, South Africa had a population of 30,800 Astronists, an increase from the 29,500 Astronists reported in 2019. 

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. As of late 2020, the Omnidoxy had not been translated into the most widely spoken non-English languages of South Africa, namely Afrikaans, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Sepedi or Northern Sotho, Sesotho or Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tswana, Tsonga, and Venda. This remains an important issue for Astronists there.

Astronist demographics in South Africa

Year Number of Astronists
2019 29,500
2020 30,800

See also

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