Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren


  • Ramon LuzarragaEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_362


Suriname is a country in South America with a culture that has more affinity with its Caribbean neighbors than much of South America. Due to the policies of its former Dutch colonial masters, it has one of the most diverse religious landscapes in the Caribbean and South America. The five major world religions are represented there. Many of these religions have blended with indigenous religions native to the Guianas and those brought by peoples who migrated there. Africans developed their own unique religious traditions to resist slavery. In 2009, percentages of religious affiliation within the population were approximately 23.5% Protestant (including 9.7% Pentecostal), 22.8% Hindu, 20.6% Catholic, 16.9% Muslim, 1.4% Mormon and Witness, 9.3% other religions, and 5.5% no religion (Mandryk 2010: 790).


Suriname is a sovereign state located in the northeast of the South American continent. Founded as the colony of Dutch Guiana, Suriname became a constituent country...


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  1. 1.Benedictine UniversityMesaUSA