More than 70,000 people in Australia have declared that they are followers of the Jedi faith, the religion created by the Star Wars films.



A recent census found that one in 270 respondents – or 0.37% of the population – say they believe in “the force”, an energy field that gives Jedi Knights like Luke Skywalker their power in the films.



Most of the 70,509 people who wrote Jedi on their census forms were suspected to have done so in response to an e-mail encouraging all Star Wars fans to get it recognised as an official religion.

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