MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014
WORLDWIDE HEATHEN CENSUS 2013: RESULTS & ANALYSIS
Why was a census needed?
Heathens have been mostly invisible in major surveys of religious affiliation. When heathens do respond to surveys like those of the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Department of Defense, they tend to disappear into categories like “New Age” and “No Religious Preference.”
Estimates of the worldwide number of heathens vary greatly and tend to founder on the conflation of “heathen” with “pagan” and/or “Wiccan” in most surveys. In the past, attempts made by heathens themselves to gauge the actual number of worldwide practitioners of the religion have not been entirely successful.
The Worldwide Heathen Census 2013 sought to establish an approximate number of adherents through an anonymous survey with only one item: a pull-down menu where the respondent selected his or her home country. It was hoped that the anonymous nature of this census would attract responses from heathens who may not want to put their name on an official form from a governmental agency or research institution.