Jediism (or Jedism), is a nontheistic religious movement mainly based on the depiction of the Jedi in Star Wars media. Jediism attracted public attention in 2001 when a number of people recorded their religion as “Jedi” on national censuses, although most such submissions were thought to be protests or jokes.
Followers of Jediism are aiming to build a belief system that goes beyond the Star Wars films. But does it amount to a new religion? It began as a joke at the expense of statisticians. In the UK’s 2001 Census, 390,127 people – or 0.7% of the population – described themselves as Jedi.