Welcome to OSAGE! The Online Spiritual Atlas of the Global East was created by the Center on Religion and the Global East (CRGE) at Purdue University. OSAGE allows users to visualize the spatial distribution of individual religious sites in the Global East, as well as see how geographic regions compare with each other in terms of the number of religious sites. The project started with the creation of the Online Spiritual Atlas of China, which was designed to complement the print volume, Atlas of Religion in China: Social and Geographical Contexts, by Fenggang Yang (Brill, 2018).
There is a variety of ways to use OSAGE. First, all religious sites can be viewed on a point map, with each of the main religions as a different color. Using the filter function, users may limit the points to a single religion and/or a geographic region, such as province or city. Users can select the “Predominant Religion” layer to see the religion with the largest number of sites for each selected region. Below are short tutorial instructions that demonstrate these and other major functions.
OSAGE is growing! Currently, we have designed maps for China (OSAGE-China) and Korea (OSAGE-Korea), but we look forward to adding maps for other regions, such as Japan and Taiwan, in the future. The OSAGE-Korea site in particular is a work in progress. The current version does not have accurate English translations for the names of individual religious sites and it does not have a filter function at the city/county level. We will continue to work on these features and update this map in the future. In addition, we will periodically update the data in OSAGE, adding religious sites gleaned from mapping services (like Google or Baidu), published sources, or users, like you.