Religion in Brazil Essay

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Brazil, or officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and the Latin America region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both bygeographical area and by population over 190 million people It is the largest Lusophone, or portugese-speaking, country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.
Religion plays a major role in the lives of most of the people in this largest South American county.
Here are some interesting Brazil facts: Around ninety percent of this population identifies with some sort of religion, making it more religiously inclined than any other South American country. Only around 1% of its population do not believe in a God, or a supreme being in some form or
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As such, Catholicism became an integral part of the management and administration of Brazil and its people. Many of the Brazilian festivals are based on the Catholic religion.
Protestantism is the second largest branch in Brazil religion. Those who are Christian but not Catholic are considered Protestant. Only about 15% of Brazilians claim to follow a Protestant faith of some kind. There are many branches of Christianity in Brazil. Among them the most popular are Baptist, Methodist, Neo-Pentecostalists, Old Pentecostalists, Presbyterian, Anglican and Episcopal Churches.
Other Protestant beliefs and offshoots that make up smaller portions of "Christians" are Kardecist, Lutherans. The largest population of Protestants are found in North, Central-West and Southeast Brazil.
The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the third largest Brazil religion. They boast a membership of over one million one hundred thousand with almost two thousand congregations and 309 family history centers. Five temples are stretched across Brazil.
Jehovah's Witnesses is the fourth largest religion in Brazil. They have over 700,000 members.
Eastern Orthodox makes up the fifth largest religion in the country with over 500,000 members that came over with their Armenian, Greek, Lebanese, Russian, Syrian and Ukrainian immigrants in the past one hundred years.
When the Portuguese landed in Brazil,

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