Peru: Religion                                               

  • Religion in Peru is an inheritance of the Spanish conquest. For this reason, it is a mainly Catholic country (more than 81.3% of the population). Catholic processions with statues are commonly seen parading through Peruvians villages (photo).

 

  • Since the 16th century, along with Catholicism, native faiths, based on the cult of the Sun (the pachamama or mother earth) and other elements of nature, can also be found in Peru.

 

  • Recently many other faiths have appeared indicating that the Peruvian population is still very religious and that the percentage of atheists and declared agnostics is very low. Peru has Protestant churches that are the fruit of the work of North American and European missionaries. Peru also has Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Adventists, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, and Hare Krishnas.

 

  • According to the numbers, religious and spiritual activity in Peru is high, and for many people, Cuzco is one of the "centers of energy" in the world.