Brazil: Religion                                                                

  • The dominant religion of Brazil historically was and still is Christianity which was brought to the country by the Portuguese colonists in the 1500’s.
  • Today Brazil has a richly spiritual society formed by a combination of the Roman Catholic Church, the religious traditions of the African slaves brought to work on the sugar cane plantations, and the beliefs of the indigenous people who first populated Brazil. Unlike in many other countries in the world, Brazilians often practice more than one faith at the same time—which is not generally considered sac religious.
  • Until recently Catholicism was overwhelmingly dominant. Rapid change in the 21st century has led to a growth in secularism (no religious affiliation).
  • The 2010 census indicates that under 65% of Brazilians consider themselves Catholic which is down from 90% in 1970.
  • Over 22% of the population is Evangelical Protestant.

Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) with Pão de Açúcar (Sugar Loaf)

in the background, Rio de Janeirol