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Religion in Chile

 

The widely practiced religion in pre-colonial Chile was the spirituality of the largest indigenous population, the Mapuche. Theirs was an animistic faith, centered around a priestess. As in all of Latin America, a forced conversion to Catholicism was not 100 percent complete, and elements of Mapuche beliefs persist to the present, mostly in rural communities. Still, 70 percent of Chileans are Catholic, but a growing body of Protestant Evangelicals now make up 15 percent of the population, with small groups of practicing Jews, Muslims, Mormons, New Agers, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics making up the rest.

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By Ricardo Segreda
Growing up in New York, Rick Segreda used to cut out of high school in order to hang out at the Museum of Modern Art and catch foreign-language...
23 Jul 2008




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