World Religions Tree

Somewhere sometime – demands were made. And since I take pleasure in a slight activism – I decided to utilize that brains of mine bestowed upon me by the almighty EVOLUTION (just kidding) and see what I can do.

Turns out I can do quite a lot.

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This is an awesome work apparently sponsored by The 40 Foundation and prepared by the awesome people at Funk & Consulting.

The image is JFH (just…huge) and it probably wouldn’t load in the browser, so the folks in F&C decided to use OpenMap JavaScript library to load the image piece by piece on demand.

But we the Interwebz overlords demand more. So I took the liberty of using some FF plugins, a bit of bash scripting and a damned 9 Gigabytes of RAM memory (my 4GB laptop would freeze while merging images) to stitch thousands of small images into one huge pic.

And since Edgar wanted to have a poster, he shall receive it. Well – kind of.

So the results are just awesome:

One huge image of finest details – 13824x9792px in resolution, 37.90 MiB in size – one damn huge JPG file for your convenience (On demand, see below). Just loading that image into a viewer takes almost 800 MB of virtual memory.

Then there is a 5000×3542 version (9.5 MiB) – click the image below to load the file. And the 800 pixel one above in this very article.
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But that’s just for starters.

There are posters! You can print it out on a normal printer and glue the DIN A4 paper sheets together. So here go:

ONE WORD BEFORE – I DO NOT CLAIM ANY RIGHTS TO THE FOLLOWING FILES. ALL OF THEM ARE THE PROPERTY OF THE RESPECTIVE INSTITUTIONS (MENTIONED BEFORE). A SMALL MARK HAS BEEN ADDED TO NOTE THE SOURCE OF THE WHOLE IMAGE. IF REQUESTED – THIS WILL BE TAKEN DOWN.

I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY GADGETS OR POSTERS BEING SOLD BY THE 40 FOUNDATION OR FUNK & CONSULTING. IF THERE ARE – BUY IT! AND IF THERE ARE NOT – IF YOU USE THE FOLLOWING FILES PLEASE STRONGLY CONSIDER DONATING TO EITHER OF THE TWO. THEY MADE A DAMN GOOD JOB WITH THIS AND THEY SHOULD BE AWARDED FOR THAT.

out of the original 13824 pixel image:

World Religions Tree in PDF format, 200x141cm – 8×8 A4 sheets (On demand, see below)
World Religions Tree in PDF format, 100x71cm – 4×4 A4 sheets (On demand, see below)
World Religions Tree in PDF format, 77x54cm – 3×3 A4 sheets (On demand, see below)

out of the resized image (6494 pixels wide)

World Religions Tree in PDF format, 200x141cm – 8×8 A4 sheets (On demand, see below)
World Religions Tree in PDF format, 100x71cm – 4×4 A4 sheets
World Religions Tree in PDF format, 77x54cm – 3×3 A4 sheets

The stuff ‘On demand’ – those are pretty big files about 40 MiB so I do not want to add unnecessary bandwidth load in here. There is also a second reason – as this is a quite a high quality work, I’d like to know who gets it. So here is the deal: there are two ways to get those files.

First way is to login to your Google+ account (if you have gmail then it’s almost seamless – it’s enough to click You+ link on google toolbar and sign up to google+. You’ll thank me for that later). Once you have logged in, go and join our small Atheism Community, navigate to this post and ask for the file in the commentary or even better add me to your circles and PM me your gmail address. I’ll be able to share those files with you easily thanks to google mechanics – which works the best with gmail.com email address.

The second way is to mail me your gmail address and I’ll send you back a specific file I’ll be able to share with you the specific file you’re asking for.

No, kids, no facebook. We’re all grownups here.

So please enjoy this awesome work by The 40 Foundation and Funk & Consulting, donate to them when possible and see for yourself how did we, the humanity, develop almost countless, various religions throughout the ages, and how it was almost an evolutionary process (if not entirely).

Also – thanks to Edgar for sharing that work with the rest of the community. It certainly is priceless resource!

14 comments on “World Religions Tree
  1. Martin Mao says:

    The Eastern ones are just inaccurate… The newly emerged Japanese “religions” are so irrelevant and some of them might even be created by some middle school kids for fun. If you count that in there should be more to add like the new pagan movements. And Confucianism is not a religion. It’s fairly agnostic. Even if it is, there’s no reason why the schools like Mencius stop at around 19th century. And Taichichuan is a martial art instead not a religion. It might be a practice of the Taoist clergies at the beginning but now it’s pretty much secular.
    If you really want to keep them, my suggestion is that you should add things like all the early animisms and paganisms (norse, greek, incan and etc.) and branches, greco-roman classics (Platonic, Ptolemaic, etc.) as well as the philosophical thoughts (utilitarianism, nihilism, communism, etc.) from renaissance, enlightenment till now and rename the whole thing “World Faith Tree”. That just makes more sense.

  2. Here’s a neat idea – since you seem to know a bit about this and that why don’t you change relevant parts and post it under the name you fancy? That would be great and I’m sure many people would appreciate that.

    Also – not really sure why you’re writing about this to me, but thanks anyway.

  3. This is fascinating, and almost aligns with my humanistic atheist “religions are just security blankets” blog post. I am still refining it, though. It’s almost ready to send to a few of my favorite podcasts.

  4. Great job, Adam! Yes, the human mind evolves constantly, so no surprise that the tree grows daily. But what the hey – it’s a great resource. And beautiful to look at! Thanks so much!
    Cheers
    Tai Chi practicing christian, Pastor Sonja

  5. Sylvia says:

    “No, kids, no facebook. We’ll all grown ups here.”
    And yet, I found this shared on facebook, there are social media sharing buttons including facebook here. And I’m sure you meant to write “We’re” and not “We’ll”.

    • Well – can’t be helped, can it? I am literally powerless when it comes to preventing people from sharing this on facebook. I don’t use FB and I don’t think anyone should – as a result you cannot contact me there :). Facebook sharing button is probably the wordpress thingie and I am far too busy to waste time trying to remove it 😉

      Also thanks for pointing out the mistake. I’ll fix it right away!

  6. Dima says:

    Hy there – i’m a student of science of religions from zurich and i would be really interested in the full version ( the biggest one) of your picture!!! could you send it to me or do you have a download link? If i ever use it in an scientific paper of mine i would naturally give you full credit for it 😉 thanks and best regards 🙂

  7. AndrewGold108 says:

    Awesome work!

  8. Siddhartha AB says:

    This is awesome!

    Pls send me the original 13824 – pixel image:

    World Religions Tree in PDF format, 200x141cm – 8×8 A4 sheets

    Email ID is sid…@…ail.com

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