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Religion & Spirituality

Prior to colonization, indigenous societies dominated the region, with a variety of religious practices and traditions.  Following colonization by Spain and Portugal, Catholicism (often forcibly) became the dominant religion in the colonies. With the introduction of the slave trade, the process of religious syncretism created a blend between native, African, and Christian traditions that continue to influence local practices. While Catholicism remains the largest religious denomination throughout the region, in recent decades other forms of Evangelical and Protestant Christianity are gaining followers throughout the region. Though much less common, other religious sects such as Judaism and Islam do exist and are becoming increasingly connected by technology and globalization

Lesson Plans

Booklet The Amazing Twins Discussion Guide

CLAS Resources

PDF A Hermeneutic of Hope: Paper on Liberation Theology
Book Popol Vuh: A Sacred Book of the Maya
Booklet The Amazing Twins Discussion Guide
Book The Feast of the Goat (Dominican Republic)

CLAS Workshop Presentations

PPT Retablo Studen Project Part I
PPT Retablo Student Project Part II
PPT Retablos: Miracles on the Border (Mexico)
PPT The Era of Trujillo