chapter  8
Religion in Latin America
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Religion as an institution has historically provided unity of belief, and social unity as well in world communities. In Latin America, Roman Catholicism was introduced into Indian communities in the late 1400s and early 1500s. Within a century, Catholicism was fi rmly implanted along the coasts, in pockets in the interior, in towns, on islands, among peasants and elites alike. Religion in Latin America can be viewed in two separate time periods, colonial and postcolonial.