total for "Ethnoreligionists "Animists and "Shamanists" from Barrett's 2001 world religion calculations. By the third century Mithra had evolved in the Roman world into the sun-god, Sol Invinctus - So far as is now known, Mithra appears as the bull-slayer only in his Roman manifestation. It should be remembered, however, that self-identification is not the only legitimate measure of a religious group's size. Many of the miracles performed by Jesus are similar to miraculous powers possessed by holy men in India.
Sikhs, if mentioned at all, had been classified as a sect of Hinduism during the first three hundred years of their history. They will make our people full of vigor. Josaphat sees a blind man, a cripple and a dying man. Indeed, Lamaistic Buddhism, which did not follow the serene metaphysical teaching of the Buddha closely, represented demons and torments of hell as lurid as those of mediaeval Christianity. European philosophers, especially Soren Kierkegaard, were amazed by the evangelical tone of these holy books from India. So we are including Neo-Paganism on this list because the most recent sociological work in the field indicates it is a distinct religion, and because it is increasingly significant. According to this Kashmir legend, Jesus came to Kashmir and studied under holy men, who taught him mysterious practices. ( The Khalsa sect will roar around the world. Among all groups there exists a proportion (sometimes significant and sometimes small) which are only nominal adherents. Unknown to most Christians, Hinduism has a Trinity (or Trimurti) too: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, who have the appellations the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer (and Regenerator).