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Eastern religion is a term used to refer to religions originating in the Eastern worldIndia, China, Japan and Southeast Asia —and thus have dissimilarities with Western religions. This includes the East Asian and Indian religious traditions, as well as animistic indigenous religions.

The terms Eastern and Western religion are largely synonymous with Dharmic religion and Abrahamic religion, respectively. However this East-West religious distinction, just as with the East West culture distinction, and the implications that arise from it, are broad and not precise. Furthermore the geographical distinction has less meaning in the current context of global transculturation.

While many Western observers attempt to distinguish between Eastern philosophies and religions, this is a distinction that does not exist in some Eastern traditions.

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