Philippines - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Before the colonization of the Philippines by Spain (1565–1898) and by the United States (1898–1946), the local people were widely reputed to be tolerant of other religions. In precolonial times there was a significant amount of interreligious dialogue and exchange among the peoples of Asia. The early islanders were variously influenced by Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Islam. The Spanish, however, changed this dynamic when they took to the Philippines the Roman Catholic Church, which was instrumental in setting up colonial rule over the islands. The close working relationship between the state and the Roman Catholic Church was dismantled by the American colonial regime, which introduced Protestant Christianity and a new government mandate, the separation of church and state.

The Black Nazarene, a 200 year-old, life-size statue of Christ, is carried through congested downtown Manila by thousands of barefoot devotees, mostly men. This Roman Catholic celebration is one of the largest in the Philippines. AP/WIDE WORLD The Black Nazarene, a 200 year-old, life-size statue of Christ, is carried through congested downtown Manila by thousands of barefoot devotees, mostly men. This Roman Catholic celebration...

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