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Mesquita Verde - This
is the oldest mosque on the island. There are many others, but this
was the most impressive and its speaker was the loudest. As a woman
and foreigner, I never felt comfortable going in.
oldest Christian church on the island is inside the Portuguese fort,
A Capela da Nossa Senhora do Baluarte. It was built in 1522 and is
the oldest European building below the equator. If you want to
see it, you have to ask the guard to open it, usually it is locked.
It's worth it to go in. Whitewashed, breezy and austere. There are
graves with inscriptions in Latin, and a vaulted ceiling.
Senhora da SaudeA
view of the old hospital from the church. The hospital is an
impressive building. Rooms are still used as a hospital, but it is
found this information on Mozambican religions from the Instituto
Nacional de Estatística website.
It was hard to find information at all, but especially reliable
information. Wikipedia did not have good information on Mozmabican
Linguistics or Religion. I was shocked by the percentage of
Mozambicans without a religion, but as is explained, this could be because many practice religions without a name or organization. I know
in Monapo, ancestor worship was certainly a part of the culture and
it could be that some don't know how to put a name on this. The
information also fails to mention that Islam is more popular in the
coastal regions, rural or not, because of the historical Arab
Area of residence
graph shows the distribution of the Mozambican population aged 5 and
above, according to the religion or creed professed. The Catholic
religion has most believers (23.8%). People without religion come
close to sharing this first place with 23.1%. It is possible that
some of these people in fact practice a non-organised religion such
as, for instance, animist creeds. In third place are muslims
(17.8%) and almost the same percentage are members of Zionist
Christian churches (17.5%). The catholic religion has the most
followers both in urban and rural areas. However, 25.4% of people in
the countryside say they have no religion, and this is the largest
group presented in Table 11.1. Finally, the Zionist churches are
represented more in the urban areas, while the percentage of muslims
is similar in both areas."
the temple is guarded by a Muslim man. I talked to him and he said
there aren't any Hindus on the island anymore. The temple is
supported by Hindus who don't live there. But anyone can enter. The
altar is always decorated for whatever Hindu holiday is going on.
be unnerved by the swastika. This was a Hindu and Buddhist symbol
long before the Nazis hijacked it for their own use. It is actually a
positive symbol in the right context.