Guatemal A Leading Place For Conducting Researches On Religions
Guatemala has become the leading place for conducting researches on religions in Latin America. The predominant religions in Guatemala are Catholicism, Christianity and Mayan spirituality. However, during the colonial era, Catholicism was the main religion. There has been a tremendous growth in the Protestants community. According to the The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, “Pentecostals represent the most rapidly growing sector of Latin American Protestantism”. The other protestant churches which are also popular in Guatemala are the Lutheran, Presbyterian and Anglican. They were established by European immigrants in the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, Pentecostals represent the most popular and growing sector of Protestantism in Guatemala and Latin America in whole. Religion has played a significant role in shaping Guatemalan culture and gender beliefs. In Guatemala, women see Pentecostal churches as agents of change. The Pentecostal churches empower their female church members, supports them and allow them to play leadership roles in churches. These women reciprocate by bringing new members into the church thereby increasing the growth of the church. While Pentecostalism is a religious movement, it has also changed women’s gender attitudes and roles.
Growth of Pentecostalism
Pentecostalism is the most fastest growing evangelical Christian sect in Guatemala due to a high number of missionaries (Hallum 2003). Pentecostalism is a branch of…