Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

2019 Edition
| Editors: Henri Gooren

Honduras

  • Ramon LuzarragaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27078-4_354

Definition

Honduras is a land that stood at the center of Mayan civilization. After a protracted conquest by the Spanish, the Catholic Church sought to eliminate Mayan religion, but managed instead to drive it underground. The Catholic Church established a religious dominance that lasted until Liberal governments of an independent Honduras stripped that Church of its rights and privileges. Protestants established their first missions in English-speaking, British protectorates along the Caribbean coast. Protestant churches grew from there, especially in the latter half of the twentieth century, to the point that the country possesses a highly plural Christian religious makeup.

Introduction

Honduras is a republic in Central America. Though the majority of its coastline faces the Caribbean Sea, Honduras has direct access to the Pacific Ocean through its coastline on the Gulf of Fonseca. Like most of its Latin American neighbors, the majority of its population is mestizo. Religiously,...

Keywords

Amerindian Anglican Church Catholic Church Franciscans Honduras Maya Protestant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Benedictine UniversityMesaUSA