The world’s largest and most populous continent!
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It covers 8.7% of the Earth’s total surface area, or 30% of its land area, and consists of some 48 countries. It is located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres.
With so many countries, Asia is very diverse among and within its regions with regard to ethnic groups, cultures, environments, economics, historical ties and government systems. The history of Asia can be seen as the distinct histories of several peripheral coastal regions: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, linked by the interior mass of the Central Asian steppes.
The original distinction between Europe and Asia was made by the ancient Greeks. They used the Aegean Sea, the Dardanelles, the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, the Black Sea, the Kerch Strait, and the Sea of Azov as the border between Asia and Europe. The Nile was often used as the border between Asia and Africa (then called Libya), although some Greek geographers suggested the Red Sea would form a better boundary.
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Asia is home to several language families and many language isolates. Most Asian countries have more than one language that is natively spoken.
Asian mythology is complex and diverse. Almost all Asian religions have philosophical character and Asian philosophical traditions cover a large spectrum of philosophical thoughts and writings. The Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Baha’i Faith originated in West Asia. Judaism, the oldest of the Abrahamic faiths, is practiced primarily in Israel, though small communities exist in other countries. The religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated in India, South Asia. In East Asia, particularly in China and Japan, Confucianism, Taoism and Zen Buddhism took shape.