Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren


This encyclopedia provides an overview of the main religions of Latin America and the Caribbean, both its centralized transnational expressions and its local variants and schisms. These main religions include (but are not limited to) the major expressions of Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses), indigenous religions (Native American, Maya religion), syncretic Christianity (including Afro-Brazilian religions like Umbanda and Candomblé and Afro-Caribbean religions like Vodun and Santería), other world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam), transnational New Religious Movements (Scientology, Unification Church, Hare Krishna, New Age, etc.), and new local religions (Brazil’s Igreja Universal, La Luz del Mundo from Mexico, etc.).

Editors and affiliations

  • Henri Gooren
    • 1
  1. 1.Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal JusticeOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

Part of the Religions of the World book series (REWO)