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General Editor: Elliott Shaw, Department of Religion and Ethics, University of Cumbria

Consultant Editor: Michael Pye, Department of Religious Studies, Marburg University.

Contributors

Mario Ignacio Aguilar, St. Andrews University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Sub-Saharan African religions; entries on Aladura (Nigeria), Bemba religion (Zambia), Chamba religion (Cameroon), Chewa religion (Malawi, Zambia), Kaguru religion (Tanzania), Kongo religion (Congo, Zaire), Legio Maria movement (Kenya), Oromo religion (Ethiopia and Kenya), Maasai religion (Tanzania and Kenya), Mende religion (Sierra Leone), Merina religion (Madagascar), Nuer religion (Sudan), Oromo religion (Ethiopia, Kenya), Tswana religion (Botswana), Yoruba religion (Nigeria).

Balbinder Bhogal, Derby University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Sikhism; Akalis/Nihangs, Arkhand Kirtani Jatha, Bandai Sikhs, Evolution of the Sikh Panth, Foundation of the Sikh Panth, Healthy, Happy, Holy Organisation, Khalsa Singhs (Tat Khalsa), Minas, Masands, Dhir Malias, Ram Raiyas, Namdharis, Nanaksar Movement, Nirankaris, Nirmalas, Sanatan Singh Sabha, Tat Khalsa Singh Sabha, Transformation of the Sikh Panth, Udasis.

Brian Bocking, School of Oriental and African Studies:
Chart and explanatory essay on Japanese religious traditions (exluding Shinto); Chart and explanatory essay on Shinto; entries on Agonshu, Aum Shinrikyo, Emperor system (State Shinto), Indigenous Japanese Traditions, Jinja Shinto, Kokugaku, Konkokyo, Kurozumikyo, Mahikari, Nara Buddhism, Nichiren Buddhism, Non-Japanese sources of Shinto, Pure Land Buddhism, Rissho Kosei Kai, Ryobu Shinto, Sanno-Ichijitsu Shinto, Shinbutsu Bunri, Shingon and Tendai Buddhism, Shinto, Shinto sects, Shinto shrines, Shinto Taikyo, Suika Shinto, Soka Gakkai, Taikyo, Tenrikyo, Watarai Shinto, Yui-itsu Shinto Zen Buddhism.

Douglas Brear, Leicester:
Entries on Samkhya schools, Samkara, Swami Narayans, Vallabhas.

Jen Cairns, University of Wales, Lampeter:
Chart and Explanatory Essay on Taoism; entries on Peng-Lai, Tien Shih Tao (The Way of the Heavenly Master), Wu-tou-Mi-Tao (Five Pecks of Rice).

Catherine Cantwell, University of Wales, Lampeter:
Chart and explanatory essay on Tibetan Buddhism; entries on Bka'-Brgyud-Pa, Bon-Po, Bri-Gung Bka'-Brgyud-Pa, Ris-Med, Rnying-Ma-Pa, Sa-Skya-Pa, Tibetan Buddhism.

John H. Chamberlayne, Croydon:
Chart and explanatory essay on China (with Elliott Shaw)

Philip Clart: University of Missouri-Columbia:
Divine Teaching of the Confucian Tradition, Way of Former Heaven (Hsien-Tien Tao) sects, Three in One Religion (San-i Chao), Compassion Society.

Diane Collier, Lancaster University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Zoroastrianism; entries Ilm-I Kshnoom, Lovers of Meher Baba, Mazdaznan movement, Orthodox Zoroastrianism, Parsi Theosophy, Parsi Reformists, Zoroastrianism, Zurvanism.

Lance Cousins, Manchester:
Chart and explanatory essay on Buddhism in Ancient India; Chart and explanatory essay on Early Buddhism; Chart and explanatory essay on early Mahayana Buddhism; Chart and explanatory essay on Southern Buddhism in Ceylon; Chart and explanatory essay on Southern Buddhism in South-East Asia; entries on Buddhism of the Burmese, Buddhism of the Khmer, Buddhism of the Mon, Buddhism of the Pyu, Buddhism of the Tai peoples.

Alan Edmunds, Lancaster University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Chinese Buddhism; entries on Ch'an, Ching-t'u, Chen-yen, Chu-she, Chuang-Tzu, Fa-hsiang, Hsuan Hsueh, Hua-yen, Lao Tzu, Lu, San-chieh, San-Lun, T'ien-t'ai.

Bronwyn Elsmore, Massey University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Polynesian religions; entries on Cook Islands religion, Hawaiian islands religion, Marquesas Islands religion, new religions in New Zealand, New Zealand Maori religion, New P olynesian religious movements, Samoan Islands religion, Society Islands religion, Tongan Islands religion.

Ian Favell, Lancaster:
Cherokee Religion, Code of Handsome Lake, Navaho religion, Sioux religion.

Gavin Flood, University of Wales, Lampeter:
Entries on Aghoris, Kashmir Shaivism, Lingayats, Shaiva Siddhantins, Shaivas, Shaktas, Shri Vidya, Tantrism.

Maria Otavia de Freitas, Rio de Janeiro:
Chart and explanatory essay on Latin America; entries on Aztec religion, Inca religion, Kadiweu, Male cult, Maya religion, Quechua religion, Rastafarianism, Spiritism/Kardecism, Santo Daime, Umbanda, Universal Church of the Reign of God, Voodoo.

Gwylim Games, Lancaster University:
Entries on African Methodist Episcopal Church, American Baptists, Anglicanism, Congregationalism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Methodism, National Baptist Convention, Pentecostalism, Protestant Episcopal Church, Salvation Army, Seventh Day Adventists, Society of Friends, Southern Baptist Convention, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church.

Antoon Geels, Lund University:
Entry on Subud.

Helen James, University of Canberra:
Chart on South-East Asia and entry on animism.

Chris Jochim, San Jose State University:
Entry on Heavenly Thearch Religion.

Charles Jones, Catholic University of America:
Entries on Fo Kuan Shan and Tzu Chi.

Livia Kohn, Boston University:
Entry on Northern Heavenly Masters.

Annie McCarron, University of Wales, Lampeter:
Entries on Five Elements, Five Pecks of Rice, Lieh Tzu, Tai Ping Tao/Yellow Turbans, Yin Yang.

Jim McGrath, University of Cumbria:
Web design and coding, Navigation Guide(with Elliott Shaw).

Jo Pearson, Open University:
Chart and explanatory essay on European religions; entries on Baltic religion, Finnish Pagan religion, Freemasonry, Germanic religion, Goddess Spirituality, Greco-Roman religion, Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn , Mithraism, Neo-Celtic religion, New Age, Paganism, Neo-Shamanism, Theosophy, Witchcraft/Wicca.

Liz Puttick, Centre for New Religious Movements, King's College, London:
entries on Ananda Marga, Brahma Kumaris, Elan Vital, ISKCON, Krishnamurti Foundation, Osho movement, Rajneesh movement, Sahaja Yoga, Siddha Yoga.

Michael Pye, Marburg University:
Introduction.

Isabelle Robinet, Universite de Provence Aix-Marseilles:
Entry on Shang Ching Mao Shan sect.

John Sawyer, Lancaster University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Judaism; entries on Ancient Israelite religion, Ancient Judaism, Babylonian Judaism, Bene Israel, Cochin Jews, Conservative Judaism, Essenes, Falashas, Hasidism, Kabbalah, Karaites, Orthodox Judaism, Pharisees, Reform Judaism, Sadducees, Samaritans, Shabbateans, Talmudical Judaism.

Bulend Shanay, Lancaster University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Islam, chart and explanatory essay on Shi'a, chart and explanatory essay on Sunni mystical orders, chart and explanatory essay on Sunni Theological and Jurisprudential schools; entries on Ahmadiyyah, Ash'ariyyah, Badawiyyah, Bayramiyyah, Bektashiyyah, Hanafiyyah, Hanbaliyyah, Islam, Imamiyyah, Isma'iliyyah, Jalwatiyyah, Khalwatiyyah, Kharijiyyah, Malikiyyah, Maturidiyyah, Mawlawiyyah, Messianic Judaism, Mu'tazilah, Naqshbandiyyah, Nusayriyyah, Qadiriyyah, Qarmatiyyah, Rifaiyyah, Shafi'iyyah, Shi'a, Sunni, Wahhabiyyah, Yasawiyyah, Yazidiyyah, Zaydiyyah.

Elliott Shaw, University of Cumbria:
Chart and explanatory essay on Buddhism, chart and explanatory essay on China (with John Chamberlayne), chart and explanatory essay on Christianity, chart and explanatory essay on Early Christianity, chart and explanatory essay on Eastern Christianity, chart and explanatory essay on Western Christianity, chart and explanatory essay on English-Speaking Protestantism, chart and explanatory essay on Continental European Protestantism, chart and explanat ory essay on North American religions, chart and explanatory essay on Western Oceania; entries on Amish, Arianism, Australian Aboriginal religion, Baluan Native United Christian Church, Christian Fellowship Church of New Georgia, Babylonian Judaism, Baptists, Benedictines, Blackfeet religion, Cao Dai, Carmelites, Carthusians, Cheng-i, Chen-Ta-Tao, Cheyenne religion, Chishtiyyah, Choctaw religion, Christadelphians, Christian Science, Chuan-Chen, Church of Armenia, Church of Scotland, Cistercians, Coptic Orthodox Church, Dominicans, Donatism, Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Eskimo-Aleut religion, Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Fang-Shih, Franciscans, German Evangelical Church, Gnosticism, Hoa Hao, Holy Or thodox Church of Japan, Hopi religion, Hutterites, Jansenists, Jesuits, Jon Frum movement, Kaifung Jews, Legalism, Ling-Pao, Lutheran Church of Denmark, Lutheran Church of Finland, Lutheran Church of Iceland, Lutheran Church of Norway, Mahanikay, Mambu mo vement, Marcionite movement, Maronite Church, Melanesian religions, Melkite Church, Mennonites, Micronesian religions, Missouri Synod, Mohism, Monarchianism, Mormonism, Native American Church, Old Believers, Old Catholic Churches, Orthodox Church of Alban ia, Orthodox Church of America, Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, Orthodox Church of China, Orthodox Church of Czech and Slovak Lands, Orthodox Church of Finland, Orthodox Church of Georgia, Orthodox Church of Greece, Orthodox Church of Russia, Orthodox Churc h of Serbia,Patriarchate of Alexandria, Patriarchate of Antioch, Patriarchate of Constantinople, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Peli Association, Popular religion in China, Pre-classcal Chinese religion, Protestantism, Reformed Church in America, Reformed Church of Franc e, Reformed Church of the Netherlands, Roman Catholicism, Sanusiyyah, Shadhaliyyah, Shwegyin Nikaya, Southern Heavenly Master, Syrian Orthodox Church, Tidjaniyyah, Suhrawardiyyah, Tai-i, Thammayutika Nikaya, Thuddamma Nikaya, Tuka movement, Ukrainian Uniate Church, Waldenses, Yali movement, Vailala madness, Navigation Guide(with Jim McGrath)

Richard Shaw, Lancaster University:
Chart and explanatory essay on Indonesian religions; Entries on Acehnese religion, Ajivikas, Arya Samaj, Aurobindo Ashram, Balinese religion, Batak religion, Bisapanthis, Bornean religions, Brahmo Sam aj, Bugis religon, Dadapanthis, Dasanamis, Devotion to Durga, Devotion to Kali, Devotion to Mal, Devotion to Maria Man, Devotion to Muru Kan, Dharma Shastra, Digambaras, Ganapatyas, Gandhi Ahimsa, Gaudiya Math, Gaudiya Vaishnavas, Goraknathis, Haridasis, Jainism, Kabirpanthis, Kanji Swami Panthi, Kavi Panth, Kharana Gaccha, Kharatara Gaccha, Makrananda, Mimamsa, Murti-Pujaka, Nav Terapanth, Nimavats, Prarthana Samaj, Radasoamis, Ramakrishna Mission, Ramana Maharshi, Ramavats, Said-Vaishnavas, Shivananda Ashram, Shri Vaishnavas, Shvetambaras, Smaller Gacchas, Social Castes, Sthanakavasis, Svacandra Bhairavas, Sva-Dharma, Tapa Gaccha, Taranpanthis, Terapanthis, Tenkalai, Terapanthi, Tirthankaras, Transcendental Meditation, Tribal cults in India, Trikashaivism, Vaikhanasas,Vaishnavites, Vatakalai, Vedanta, Vitthallas, Virashaivism, Yoga Schools

John Shepherd, University of Cumbria:
Entries on Nahadatul, Muhammadiyyah.

Nick Sutton, Edge Hill College:
Chart and explanatory essay on Hindu devotional groups, chart and explanatory essay on Hindu Ritual-Ascetic groups, chart and explanatory essay on Jainism, chart and explanatory essay on the religions of India.

Tony Turner, Lancaster:
Entries on Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ, Presbyterian Church, Unitarians.

Helen Waterhouse, Bath College of Higher Education:
Entries on Dharmaguptakas, Early Mahayana, Madhyamaka, Mahasanghikas, Mahaviharavasins, Mulasarvastavadins, Pudgalavadins, Sarvastivadins, Sautrantikas, Tathagatagarbha, Theravadins, Vaibhashikas, Vajrayanas, Vibhajjyavadins, Yogacara.

Ratna Wijetunge, Sri Lanka:
Abhayagirivasins, Amarapura fraternity, Ramanna fraternity, Jetavaniya, Siam Nikaya.

Xinzhong Yao, University of Wales, Lampeter:
Chart and explanatory essay on Confucianism; entries on Early Confucianism, Idealistic School, Neo-Idealist Confucians, Neo-Rationalist Confucians, New Text School, Old Text School, Rationalistic School, School of Hsun Tzu, School of Mencius.