Religious beliefs in Venezuela
The country’s main religion is Roman Catholicism. Most of the native people adopted the said religion except those people who settled in remote areas that still observed their old tribal beliefs. The population of the country is around 96% Catholic. Being Catholic country Venezuela observes Holy Week. Several Venezuelans go to the beaches and other well-liked destination to spend their Holy Week.
Other religions that are practice in Venezuela are Protestantism, Islam, and Judaism. In 2002, Protestant churches are country’s most rapid growing part of the spiritual population according to government report. There’s a large mosque in Caracas. There are around 100,000 Muslims in the country, 0.4% of Venezuela’s population. A Jewish population of numerous thousand was concentrated in the main cities, particularly in Caracas. The María Lionza is a popular figure and one of the well-known indigenous religions in the country. Her spirituality is a combination of Catholic, indigenous and African beliefs like the Caribbean Santería. She is well-regarded as a goddess of love, harmony, peace and nature. She has devotee in numerous levels in the society of the country from small rural communities to Caracas, where a statue locates in her honor. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Venezuelan constitution.