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Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland Germany - - - - 1999 *LINK* official web site of EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland or "Protestant Church in Germany "); (viewed 5 July 1999). "The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) is the institutional form chosen by a community of 24 Lutheran, Reformed and United regional churches [regional religious bodies]. German Protestant church structures are based on federal principles at all levels. The EKU (Evangelical Church of the Union) belongs as the 25th Member Church to the EKD. Each local congregation is responsible for Christian life in its own area, while each regional church has its own special characteristics and retains its independence. Without in any way diminishing this autonomy, the EKD carries out joint tasks with which its members have entrusted it. The member Churches are... "
Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland world - - - 1
country
1999 *LINK* official web site of EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland); web page: "Protestant Church in Germany "; (viewed 5 July 1999). "The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) is the institutional form chosen by a community of 24 Lutheran, Reformed and United regional churches. " [Followed by list of regional religious bodies which are members, all in Germany.]
Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen Germany 2,840,000 - 658
units
- 1996 *LINK* Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen web site; section: English; web page: "Some figures and statistics " (viewed 5 July 1999). "Church members in millions: 2.84; Parishes: 658 "; "The statistics are based on the latest available data (mainly from 1996) " [NOTE: The "Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen " regional church is a member body of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland.]
Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen Germany: Westphalia 2,840,000 35.50% - - 1996 *LINK* Evangelische Kirche von Westfalen web site; section: English; web page: "Westphalia? Where on earth is Westphalia? " (viewed 5 July 1999). "About 8 million people live in Westphalia, 2.84 million of them are members of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia. "
Evangelische Mennoniten Gemeinde Paraguay 152 - - - 1998 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " PARAGUAY... Evangelische Mennoniten Gemeinde; Members: 152; [Note: 'Evangelische Mennoniten Gemeinde' and 'Evangelische Mennonitengemeinde' were listed separately in the same table.]
Evangelische Mennonitengemeinde Paraguay 74 - - - 1998 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " PARAGUAY... Evangelische Mennonitengemeinde; Members: 74; [Note: 'Evangelische Mennoniten Gemeinde' and 'Evangelische Mennonitengemeinde' were listed separately in the same table.]
Evangelische Mennonitische Bruderschaft Paraguay 550 - 2
units
- 1998 *LINK* Mennonite World Conference web site. Directory 1998. Web page: "Carribean, Central & South America: Mennonite & Brethren in Christ Churches " PARAGUAY... Evangelische Mennonitische Bruderschaft; Members: 550+/-; Congregations: 2
Evangelistic Church of God world 774 - 12
units
- 1955 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: White Trinitarian Holiness Pentecostals; pg. 238. "The Evangelistic Church of God was incorporated at Denver, Colorado in 1949. It grew out of the work of Norman L. Chase, former minister of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) and of the (Original) Church of God. By 1955 the group claimed 774 members in 12 churches. "
Evenki China 10,000 - - - 1990 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue "; web page: "Russia, Asia " (Viewed 7 July 1999). "EVENKI (EWENKI, TUNGUS, CHAPOGIR, AVANKI, AVANKIL, SOLON, KHAMNIGAN) [EVN] 12,000 mother tongue speakers (43%) out of an ethnic population of 28,000 in Russia (1979 census); 10,000 in China (1990); 2,000 in Mongolia; 24,000 in all countries... Shamanist, lamaist, Christian. "
Evenki Mongolia 2,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue "; web page: "Russia, Asia " (Viewed 7 July 1999). "EVENKI (EWENKI, TUNGUS, CHAPOGIR, AVANKI, AVANKIL, SOLON, KHAMNIGAN) [EVN] 12,000 mother tongue speakers (43%) out of an ethnic population of 28,000 in Russia (1979 census); 10,000 in China (1990); 2,000 in Mongolia; 24,000 in all countries... Shamanist, lamaist, Christian. "
Evenki Russia 28,000 - - - 1979 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue "; web page: "Russia, Asia " (Viewed 7 July 1999). "EVENKI (EWENKI, TUNGUS, CHAPOGIR, AVANKI, AVANKIL, SOLON, KHAMNIGAN) [EVN] 12,000 mother tongue speakers (43%) out of an ethnic population of 28,000 in Russia (1979 census); 10,000 in China (1990); 2,000 in Mongolia; 24,000 in all countries... Shamanist, lamaist, Christian. "
Evenki Russia 30,000 - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 141-143. "Evenki: Location: Russia (central and eastern Siberia); Population: 30,000; Religion: Shamanism "; Pg. 142: "Shamanism is the traditional religion of the Evenki... The rituals of Evenki shamans take the form of chanting, dancing, and beating on the ungtuvun... The rituals of shamans are intended to heal the sick, ease difficult childbirth, foretell the future, send the souls of the departed on their way to the world of the dead, and in general to ensure the people's well-being. "
Evenki world 30,000 - - 2
countries
1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 3 - Asia & Oceania. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 196-197. "Ewenki: Location: China; Mongolia; Population: 30,000; Language: Ewenki and Chinese; Religion: Ewenki and Chinese "; "The Ewenki amount to more than 30,000 people. They are mainly scattered in Inner Mongolia, living together with the Mongols, Daur, Chinese, and Oroqen... "; "The traditional beliefs of the Ewenki are rooted in shamanism and totemism, stressing worship of ancestors, animals, and nature... In some pastoral areas, the Ewenki belive in Lamaism... "
Evenki world 24,000 - - 3
countries
1999 *LINK* web site: "Ethnologue "; web page: "Russia, Asia " (Viewed 7 July 1999). "EVENKI (EWENKI, TUNGUS, CHAPOGIR, AVANKI, AVANKIL, SOLON, KHAMNIGAN) [EVN] 12,000 mother tongue speakers (43%) out of an ethnic population of 28,000 in Russia (1979 census); 10,000 in China (1990); 2,000 in Mongolia; 24,000 in all countries... Shamanist, lamaist, Christian. "
Evens Russia 17,200 - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 147, 149. "Evens: Alternate Names: Ewen; Location: Russia (northeastern Siberia); Population: 17,200; Religion: Mixture of shamanism and Russian Orthodox Christianity "; Pg. 149: "The Evens' religion is a unique mixture of shamanism and Russian Orthodox Christianity. Many Evens attend Orthodox church services, wear necklaces bearing crosses, undergo baptism and observe various Christian holidays... However these practices are integrated into a very ancient form of shamanism, which is based on the belief that the forces of nature are ruled by spirits wwho must be ritually honored... "
Evens Russia 17,200 - - - 1998 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 147, 149. "Evens: Alternate Names: Ewen; Location: Russia (northeastern Siberia); Population: 17,200; Religion: Mixture of shamanism and Russian Orthodox Christianity "; Pg. 149: "The Evens' religious practices were forced underground as a result of the Soviet regime's antireligious policies from the 1930s on. They have begun to reemerge since the end of religious persecution in the 1980s, but the role of the Church and the shaman in everyday life has been much diminished. "
Ewe Ghana 2,340,000 13.00% - - 1999 Barnett, Jeanie M. Ghana ( "Major World Nations " book series). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 24. "...Ghana's 18 million people... "; pg. 25: "Two other major ethnic groups are th Ewe and the Ga-Adangme. The Ewe, who make up 13% of the population, live in the Volta region along Ghana's eastern border and speak Ewe. "
Ewe Togo - 35.00% - - 1995 Haskins, Jim & Joann Biondi. From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures. New York: Walker Publishing Co. (1995); pg. 56, 60. "Today, the Ewe... In Togo they are the largest ethnic group, representing about 35% of the population. "
Ewe world 700,000 - - 3
countries
1995 Haskins, Jim & Joann Biondi. From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures. New York: Walker Publishing Co. (1995); pg. 56, 60. "Ewe: Population: 700,000; Location: Togo, Ghana, Benin; Language: Ewe "; Pg. 60: "Although the Ewe were converted to Christianity by European missionaries, many still worship a high god called Mawu... Like many other African cultures, they believe in ancestor worship, which is reflected in the importance of the ancestral stool that each family line keeps... Today, the Ewe remain divided by the national politics of Ghana, Togo, and Benin. In Togo they are the largest ethnic group, representing about 35% of the population. In Benin they are a small minority. "
Exegesis United Kingdom: Britain 6,000 - - - 1987 Clarke, Peter B. The New Evangelists: Recruitment, Method and Aims of New Religious Movements, London: Ethnographics (1987); pg. 10 to 14. Table with following columns: Movement; Total Membership; Full-Time Members; P/T Members; Sympathizers.; For this study Clarke "approached researchers & observers in the field of new religions [& org./church reps.] to obtain their opinions & any hard... data "
Eyish North America - Gulf Coasts and Tidal Swamps 300 - - - 1779 Terrell, John Upton. American Indian Almanac. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1974); pg. 93. Table: "Gulf Coasts and Tidal Swamps: Earliest Population Estimates " (mainly relying on James Mooney, John R. Swanson, & A. L. Kroeber)
Eyish world 300 - - - 1779 Terrell, John Upton. American Indian Almanac. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. (1974); pg. 93. Table: "Gulf Coasts and Tidal Swamps: Earliest Population Estimates " (mainly relying on James Mooney, John R. Swanson, & A. L. Kroeber)
Fabian Society United Kingdom: England - - - - 1883 *LINK* Hexham, Irving. Concise Dictionary of Religion. Carol Stream, USA: InterVarsity Press (1994). (v. online 6 Oct. 1999) "FABIANS: members of the Fabian Society, an important British SOCIALIST society founded in 1883 which favored an evolutionary SOCIALIST 'permeation' of CAPITALIST institutions and opposed the REVOLUTIONARY doctrine of MARX. "
FACE Centers Australia - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers Germany - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers India - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers Massachusetts - - 2
units
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers Netherlands - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers New York - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers Sweden - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers United Kingdom - - 1
unit
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers USA - - 3
units
- 1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers: Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
FACE Centers world - - 9
units
7
countries
1999 *LINK* Moksha Foundation official web site; web page: "International FACE Centers " [Friends of Andrew Cohen Everywhere] (viewed 22 July 1999). Directory of FACE Centers (closely associated with Moksha Foundation): Lennox, MA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; London, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Sydney, Australia; Rishikesh, India.
Faith Australia 52 0.00% - - 1996 *LINK* Parliament of Australia web site; page: "Census 96: Religion " (viewed 18 Dec. 1999) Self-identification, from 1996 govt. census. [Listed in table as "Faith Churches "]
Faith Hungary 100,000 - - - 1997 Burke, Patrick. Eastern Europe. Austin, Texas: Raintree Steck-Vaughn Publishers (1997); pg. 24. "Newer Christian churches are also attracting followers. In Hungary, the evangelical movement known as 'Faith' has about 100,000 members. "
Faith Assembly USA 17,000 - - - 1991 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); pg. 294. "There are approximately 2,000 members of the main church in Wilmot, Indiana and an estimated 15,000 in an unknown number of other congregations in 20 states. "
Faith Assembly world - - - 5
countries
1991 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Pentecostal Family; section: Other Pentecostals; pg. 293-294. "Faith Assembly
Wilmot, IN...

founded by Hobart E. Freeman (1920-1984), originally a minster with the Southern Baptist Convention. Among other things, Freeman began to criticize the Baptists for... Membership: There are approximately 2,000 members of the main church in Wilmot, Indiana and an estimated 15,000 in an unknown number of other congregations in 20 states. There are also members in Canada, Australia, Switzerland, and Germany. "

Faith Bible Chapel Colorado 2,100 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table; "size " is avg. weekly attendance. Study finding all U.S megachurches.; Indep. cong. in Arvada, CO; pastor George Morrison.
Faith Community Church California 2,000 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table; "size " is avg. weekly attendance. Study finding all U.S megachurches.; Indep. cong. in Covina, CA; pastor James Reeve.
Faith Fellowship Ministries New Jersey 6,000 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table, grouped by state, columns for city, state, "size " (avg. weekly attendance), etc. From study finding all U.S. megachurches (congreg. w/ "consistent weekly attendance of at least 2,000 persons "); an independent in Edison, N.J., pastor David Demola.
Faith Mission Church Indiana 100 - 1
unit
- 1988 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Holiness Family; section: 19th Century Holiness; pg. 210. "Faith Mission Church... Bedford, IN [H.Q.]... Membership: Faith Mission Church is an independent congregation that had approx. 100 members in 1988. "
Faith Mission Church world 100 - 1
unit
1
country
1988 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.) The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991); Chapter: Holiness Family; section: 19th Century Holiness; pg. 210. "Faith Mission Church... Bedford, IN [H.Q.]... is a single, independent, holiness congregation that was formed as a center of the Pentecostal Bands, one of the original holiness assocations, later renamed the Missionary Bands of the World. In 1958, the Missionary Bands merged into the Wesleyan Methodist Church (not a constituent member of the Wesleyan Church). Members of the congregation in Bedford, Indiana, which had been originally chartered in the early 1920s, rejected the merger and became independent. Under their pastor, the Rev. Ray Snow, the church adopted its present name in 1963... Membership: Faith Mission Church is an independent congregation that had approx. 100 members in 1988. "
Faith of God world 0 - - - 1999 *LINK* web site: "Toronto Consultants on Religious Tolerance "; web page: "Baha'i Faith " "Faith of God, (a.k.a. the House of Mankind and the Universal Palace of Order), who followed Jamshid Ma'ani and John Carre. They 'are no longer active' (listed as 'defunct' in Encyclopedia of Religions). "
Faith Tabernacle Illinois: Chicago 3,000 - 1
unit
- 1992 *LINK* Thumma, Scott. web site: "Megachurches in the U.S. " (viewed Aug. 20, 1999; data collected 1992; last updated Aug. 19, 1999). Center for Social & Religious Research, Hartford Seminary. Table; "size " is avg. weekly attendance. Study finding all U.S megachurches.; Indep. cong. in Chicago, Illinois; pastor Alan Smith.
Faithists world - - - 6
countries
1991 Melton, J. Gordon, Jerome Clark & Aidan A. Kelly. New Age Almanac; New York: Visible Ink Press (1991); pg. 358. "They also publish the 'Kosmon Voice' from their headquarters in Salt Lake City. There is also an old continuing community of Faithists in England, and more recently groups have been established in Australia, New Zealand, Holland and Ghana. "
Falas Mora Ethiopia 24,000 - - - 1992 *LINK* web site: "Ethiopian Jewry Home Page " (1998); Article/web page: "The Last Jews in Ethiopia " by Larry Thompson. "...size and location of the Falas Mora population. A 1992 census of the Falas Mora population in Ethiopia counted more than 24,000 people in 6,000 families... several thousand of these people have since immigrated to Israel "
Falas Mora Ethiopia 15,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethiopian Jewry Home Page " (1998); Article/web page: "The Last Jews in Ethiopia " by Larry Thompson. "Estimates of the Falas Mora population in Ethiopia range upwards from 15,000. The known Falas Mora population is approximately as follows... Addis Ababa 8,000. Gonder 4,000. Chowit, Konzela, Alifa, and Takussa 2,000. Others, widely scattered 1,000. Total 15,000 "
Falas Mora Ethiopia 16,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethiopian Jewry Home Page " (1998); Article/web page: "The Last Jews in Ethiopia " by Larry Thompson. "Abraham Neguise, leader of the Ethiopian advocacy organization, South Wing to Zion, estimates there are 16,000 Falas Mora in Ethiopia and about 2,000 Quara Jews. "
Falas Mora Ethiopia: Addis Ababa 8,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethiopian Jewry Home Page " (1998); Article/web page: "The Last Jews in Ethiopia " by Larry Thompson. "Estimates of the Falas Mora population in Ethiopia range upwards from 15,000. The known Falas Mora population is approximately as follows... Addis Ababa 8,000. Gonder 4,000. Chowit, Konzela, Alifa, and Takussa 2,000. Others, widely scattered 1,000. Total 15,000 "
Falas Mora Ethiopia: Gonder 4,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: "Ethiopian Jewry Home Page " (1998); Article/web page: "The Last Jews in Ethiopia " by Larry Thompson. "Estimates of the Falas Mora population in Ethiopia range upwards from 15,000. The known Falas Mora population is approximately as follows... Addis Ababa 8,000. Gonder 4,000. Chowit, Konzela, Alifa, and Takussa 2,000. Others, widely scattered 1,000. Total 15,000 "
FALN - Puerto Rican National Liberation Armed Forces USA 12 - - - 1990 Lang, Susan S. Extremist Groups in America. New York: Franklin Watts (1990); pg. 135, 137. "Other Left-Wing Activity. Although only fringe, fragmented organizations, several other left-wing extremist groups still exist:

...FALN--Puerto Rican National Liberation Armed Forces. Considered one of the most active U.S. terrorist groups, FALN demands Puerto Rican independence and claims responsibility for several terrorist acts, including bombings. With perhaps fewer than a dozen members, and most of them now jailed, FALN continues to operate in cooperation with other incarcerated groups such as NAPO and the Black Liberation Army. 'Between 1974 and 1985, the group was responsible for nearly 150 bombings and incendiary attacks.' On June 19, 1985, the New York Times reported that a federal grand jury was still investigating FALN, trying to link it to scores of unsolved bombings around the nation. In 1979, leader William Morales escaped from custody, reportedly with the help of the Black Liberation Army... He is still at large. "

Falun Gong Canada 4,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Falun Dafa Practitioners Join Millions " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, June 12, 1999 (viewed online 12 June 1999). "Today, an estimated 10,000 practice Falun Dafa in the U.S., and several thousand more in Canada. "
Falun Gong China 10,000,000 - - - 1999 "China destroys hundreds of thousands of sect's manuals " in Dallas Morning News, 29 July 1999. [Orig. source: Washington Post]; pg. 21A. "In a government attempt to distinguish between Mr. Li [Falun Gong leader] and his estimated 10 million followers, the Chinese government also launched a capaign to promote 'healthy' alternatives to Falun Gong's breathing and exercise regimen. "
Falun Gong China 70,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Chambers, Steve. "Falun Dafa Movement Growing Worldwide " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, May 22, 1999 (viewed online 22 May 1999). [Orig. source: Religion News Service] "The Chinese government estimates there are 70 million practitioners of Falun Dafa in that country, making it larger than the 55 million-member Communist Party. "
Falun Gong China - - - - 1999 *LINK* Chambers, Steve. "Falun Dafa Movement Growing Worldwide " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, May 22, 1999 (viewed online 22 May 1999). [Orig. source: Religion News Service] "...a fast-growing spiritual movement called Falun Dafa... No one knows for sure how many practitioners there are worldwide -- followers say 100 million -- but evidence of the popularity of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) emerged last month in China. In the largest public demonstration since democracy sit-downs in Tiananmen Square a decade ago, 10,000 followers silently surrounded the offices of communist leaders on April 25 and spent a day meditating and conducting their exercises. The purpose was to seek legal recognition from the government and to protest recent condemnations in government-controlled media. "
Falun Gong China 70,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Falun Dafa Practitioners Join Millions " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, June 12, 1999 (viewed online 12 June 1999). "Debate over exactly where Falun Dafa falls in the religion-philosophy continuum goes on unresolved, but there is no question about its popularity. Within a few years of its unveiling, Hongzhi's teachings had attracted an estimated 70 million Chinese -- much to the alarm of authorities. "
Falun Gong New Jersey - - 12
units
- 1999 *LINK* Chambers, Steve. "Falun Dafa Movement Growing Worldwide " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, May 22, 1999 (viewed online 22 May 1999). [Orig. source: Religion News Service] "Practitioners of a fast-growing spiritual movement called Falun Dafa, the group is one of a dozen meeting in New Jersey. "
Falun Gong USA 10,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Falun Dafa Practitioners Join Millions " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, June 12, 1999 (viewed online 12 June 1999). "Today, an estimated 10,000 practice Falun Dafa in the U.S., and several thousand more in Canada. "
Falun Gong Utah 10 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Falun Dafa Practitioners Join Millions " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, June 12, 1999 (viewed online 12 June 1999). "'Falun Dafa appeared like a shock wave in the world,' said Mei, an East High School graduate who is among 10 adherents in Utah. He was introduced to the discipline by a housemate three years ago. "
Falun Gong world 70,000,000 - - - 1999 Associated Press. "China orders sect leader's arrest, seeks Interpol's help " in Dallas Morning News, Friday, 30 July 1999; pg. 32A. "...Falun Gong... the group, which has as many as 70 million members... is one of many schools of qigong, a long-popular practice that tries to improve health through exercise, meditation... draws on martial arts, Buddhism and Taoism. "
Falun Gong world 100,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Chambers, Steve. "Falun Dafa Movement Growing Worldwide " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, May 22, 1999 (viewed online 22 May 1999). [Orig. source: Religion News Service] "No one knows for sure how many practitioners there are worldwide -- followers say 100 million -- but evidence of the popularity of Falun Dafa (also known as Falun Gong) emerged last month in China. "
Falun Gong world - - - - 1999 *LINK* Chambers, Steve. "Falun Dafa Movement Growing Worldwide " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, May 22, 1999 (viewed online 22 May 1999). [Orig. source: Religion News Service] "'We practice freely, and people come and go freely,' said Keran Feng of Newark, who is studying for a doctorate in marketing at Rutgers University. 'There is no membership. There is no church. There are no religious forms... Falun Dafa is the creation of Master Li Hongzhi (pronounced Hongshee), a 47-year-old student of Buddhism, Taoism and another ancient Chinese system of meditation and martial arts exercises called qigong (pronounced cheegong). Hongzhi moved to New York last year under growing pressure from the Chinese government, which has kept close tabs on emerging religions as it makes the transition to a free-market economy. Hongzhi lives off the royalties from his bright blue books that are the bible of his followers. The most popular, 'Zhuan Falun,' literally 'Rotate the Law Wheel,' was published in 1996. It can be obtained free on the Internet but has reportedly sold millions of copies worldwide. "
Falun Gong world 100,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Falun Dafa Practitioners Join Millions " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, June 12, 1999 (viewed online 12 June 1999). "Just seven years old, Falun Dafa is one of the world's fastest-growing spiritual movements, attracting more than 100 million practitioners since its 1992 introduction in China by Master Li Hongzhi. The 48-year old Hongzhi insists his creation, though born of his years of studying Buddhism, Taoism and ancient Chinese 'qigong' exercises, transcends those religious traditions. "
Falun Gong world - - - 31
countries
1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Falun Dafa Practitioners Join Millions " in Salt Lake Tribune, Saturday, June 12, 1999 (viewed online 12 June 1999). The [Falun Dafa] sect has not remained confined to the Middle Kingdom. In the past few years it has spread to around 30 countries, nearly doubling its practitioners with new recruits in Europe and America. "
Falun Gong world 2,000,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Reuters News Service. "China denies jailing people due to religion " in Deseret News, 11 Sept. 1999. (viewed online 11 Sept. 1999) "Falun Gong... The movement... claims 100 million members, but the government says 2 million is a more accurate figure. "


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