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More Jedis than Buddhists or Muslims are living in Cornwall

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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CORNWALL has more Jedis than Buddhists, according to new statistics published from the 2011 Census.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show 318,357 people selected Christianity as their religion, followed by 2,169 who chose Jedi – a religious group from the fictional Star Wars universe.

Those who indicated they had no religion numbered 158,104, while another 45,356 did not state their religious preference.

Behind Christian and Jedi in the Top 10 were Buddhist (1,726), Pagan (1,429), Muslim (855), Hindu (556), Spiritualist (532), mixed religion (530), Jewish (389), and Humanist (224).

Other religions indicated by Cornish respondents to the census included Heavy Metal (63), Druid (78), Rastafarian (49), Satanism (26), witchcraft (25), Scientology (16), Zoroastrian (10), Eckankar (4) and the Native American Church (1).

Cornwall councillor Andrew Wallis, who posted the statistics on his internet blog, said he thought the figures were "interesting".

He said: "The real surprise is Jedi, coming in at number two. I know; I had to recheck to make sure it was right.

"It's certainly interesting reading, especially when you find out about that religion and just how many followers some of these less well-known religions actually have.

"I'm sure people will say some of these listed are not 'real' religions, but who am I to say what is and what isn't a religion?"

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  • shagrats  |  February 14 2013, 8:27AM

    I went for a pint in St Denis the other day, and I did think it reminded me of the bar from "Return of the Jedi". So I am not surprised by this story at all.