World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Religion in Seychelles

Article Id: WHEBN0004413265
Reproduction Date:

Title: Religion in Seychelles  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Economy of Seychelles, Religion in Africa, Outline of Africa, Religion in Seychelles, Religion
Collection: Religion in Seychelles
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Religion in Seychelles

The parish church of St. Francis at Baie Lazare
A mosque in Victoria, Mahe

The 2002 government census estimated that the population of Seychelles is 82% Roman Catholic and 6% Anglican.[1] There are other Christian groups, including Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, Assemblies of God, the Pentecostal Church, the Pentecostal Assembly, Nazarites, Orthodox Church and Jehovah's Witnesses.[1] Islam, Hinduism and the Bahá'í Faith also have sizeable number of adherents in the country.[1]

The initial white settlers in Seychelles were Roman Catholics, and the country has remained so, despite ineffective British efforts to establish Protestantism in the islands during the nineteenth century. The nation has been a bishopric since 1890, and mission schools had a virtual monopoly on education until the government took over such schools in 1944. Sunday masses are well attended, and religious holidays are celebrated throughout the nation both as opportunities for the devout to practice their faith and as social events. Practicing Catholicism, like speaking French, may have, in the past, conferred a certain status by associating its adherents with the white settlers from France.

Approximately 6% of Seychellois are Anglicans most coming from families converted by missionaries in the late 19th and early 20th century. Evangelical Protestant churches are active and growing, among them Pentecostals and Seventh-day Adventists. Some 2% of the population are adherents of other faiths, including Hinduism, the Bahá'í Faith and Islam. A Hindu temple and mosque exist on Mahé. No restrictions are imposed on religious worship by any of the denominations, and tax free status is granted by the government.

Although the clergy and the civil authorities disapprove, many Seychellois see little inconsistency between their orthodox religious observance and belief in magic, witchcraft, and sorcery. It is not uncommon to consult a local seer--known as a bonom di bwa --for fortune-telling or to obtain protective amulets or charms, called gri-gri, to bring harm to enemies.

Some Seychellois believe in an ancient religion called Ahrjuje.

See also


  1. ^ a b c Seychelles

External links

  • Seychelles Religion
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from World Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.