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Growing number of Brits practise Satanism in England and Wales – while Wicca and Shamanism see boom


Alternative religions including Satanism, Paganism and Shamanism have seen an explosion in the number of followers in the decade between the 2011 and 2021 censuses.

Millions have ditched Christianity – mostly for no religion – but the number of Satanists in England and Wales has more than doubled from 2011 to 2021 – from 1,893 in 2011 and rising by 3,161 (167%) to 5,054 followers in 2021.

The highest number of Satanists are in the South East, rising by 165% to 795 in the region in 2021, according to the latest census.

Head of the UK chapter of The Global Order of Satan Andy Diabolus said ‘proud’ of the rise in followers marked on the census after efforts to encourage Satanists.

Graph showing the growth and decline of smaller religions in England and Wales between 2011 and 2021, including Satanism, Shamanism and Wicca

Graph showing the growth and decline of smaller religions in England and Wales between 2011 and 2021, including Satanism, Shamanism and Wicca

Paganism, already a popular religion in 2011 with 56,000 followers has seen a boom to over 73,000 followers in 2021

Paganism, already a popular religion in 2011 with 56,000 followers has seen a boom to over 73,000 followers in 2021

Followers say the religion is ‘built on…



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