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Religions in Brazil



Symbols of various beliefs

Brazil is a country that has a rich religious diversity. Due to cultural miscegenation, the result of various immigration processes, we find in our country several religions (Christian, Islamic, Afro-Brazilian, Jewish, etc.).

Check out the main religions and beliefs in Brazil and their followers (Source: IBGE 2000 Demographic Census).

Religion or Belief

# Of followers in Brazil

Roman Apostolic Catholic Church

124.980.132

Orthodox Catholic Church

38.060

Baptist Church

3.162.691

Lutheran Church

1.062.145

Presbyterian Church

981.064

Methodist Church

340.963

Assembly of God

8.418.140

Christian Congregation of Brazil

2.489.113

Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

2.101.887

Foursquare Gospel Church

1.318.805

God is love church

774.830

Other Pentecostal / Neopentecostal

2.514.532

seventh-day Adventist Church

1.209.842

Jehovah's Witnesses

1.104.886

Mormons

199.645

Spiritism

2.262.401

Umbanda

397.431

Buddhism

214.873

Candomblé

127.582

Messianic Church

109.310

Judaism

86.825

Esoteric Traditions

58.445

Islam

27.239

Indigenous Beliefs

17.088

Orientals (Baháísmo, hare krishna, Hinduismo, Taoísmo, Shinto, seicho-no-ye)

52.507

Other religions

41.373

No declaration / not determined

741.601

Without religion

12.492.403

Afro-Brazilian Religions

Afro-Brazilian religions are considered to be all religions that originated in the traditional African religions, which were brought to Brazil by black Africans as slaves.

Below is a list of religions and the states of Brazil where they are practiced.

  • Babassuê - Pará
  • Batuque - Rio Grande do Sul
  • Cabula - Espírito Santo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina.
  • Candomblé - In all states of Brazil
  • Egungun Worship - Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
  • Worship of Ifá - Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
  • Macumba - Rio de Janeiro
  • Omoloko - Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo
  • Quimbanda - Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo
  • Mine Drum - Maranhão
  • Terecô - Maranhão
  • Umbanda - In all states of Brazil
  • Xambá - Alagoas, State of Pernambuco
  • Northeast Shango - Pernambuco

At Afro-Brazilian religions most are related to the Yoruba religion and other traditional African religions, it is a part of Afro-American religions and different from Afro-Cuban religions such as Santeria de Cuba and Vodou of Haiti little known in Brazil.