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Author(s): Ying-Chu Wu
I. Social Facts The leading religions in Taiwan are Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism, and Protestantism, with Taoism having the most followers. According to the statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, by the end of 2012, there were 12,026 temples and 3,282 churches, or 15,308 all together. The temples accounted for 79% of religious buildings, while the churches were 21%. Among the temples, 78% of them were Taoist (9,422) and 20% were Buddhist (2,348). The numbers of the temples and churches also reflect the numbers of followers. Of a population of 23 million in Ta…