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Astronism in Eritrea refers to the presence of the Astronist philosophy and religion in the State of Eritrea. The operations of the Astronist Institution in this country are under jurisdiction of the Astronist Superiate of Eritrea, a national subsidiary of the worldwide Astronist Institution.

The Astronist Superiate of Eritrea oversees the construction and maintenance of observatories and planetariums throughout its jurisdiction. Eritrea is split into six administrative regions and is set to hold one Grand Observatory in the capital city of Asmara, which will also be one of only two observatories in the nation.

This national branch of the Astronist Institution manages the official representation and depiction of Astronism throughout this territory, including efforts to protect the identity of the philosophy with the intention of further disseminating it throughout the territory. It is The Institution alone that is granted the status of proprietor to the philosophy in this territory as any other organisations or institutions proclaiming such a role are deemed as unauthorised proprietors and are therefore considered as part of the anti-Institutionist movement.

Other terms

Several terms are used to refer to the presence of Astronism in Eritrea including:

  • Astro-Eritrean philosophy
  • Astro-Eritrean religion
  • Astro-Eritrean spirituality
  • Eritrean astroncy
  • Eritrean Astronism
  • Eritrean astronomical religion
  • Eritrean Cosmism
  • Eritrean space religion

History of Astronism in Eritrea

Religious liberties for Astronists in Eritrea remain particularly dismal. This is due in part to the unrecognised status of Astronism as a religion in the country and the widespread violations of religious freedom laws in Eritrea.

For this reason, in its 2020 Astronist Freedom report, the Astronist Institution has designated the situation for Astronist religious liberties in Eritrea as terminal.

The number of Astronists in Eritrea has been calculated at just 50 people as of November 2019 and this only rose to 51 by December 2020. This is due in part to the severe oppression faced by religious minorities in the country as well as due to the significant media censorship applied throughout the country which is particularly focused on censoring all non-Islamic and non-Christian religious content.

Astronist demographics in Eritrea

Year Number of Astronists
2019 50
2020 51

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