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    MISSIONS HISTORY OF BOLIVIA
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    rendered it the {Bolivia Map-Large.png} Data from Operation World DVD-ROM 2010 www.operationworld.orgthe poorest nation
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    (Operation World).
    {Bolivia Map-Large.png} Data from Operation World DVD-ROM 2010 www.operationworld.org

    The country’s financial future may be a little brighter because discoveries of huge natural gas deposits are fueling economic growth. Democratic governments have stabilized the country since 1985 and improved the plight of underprivileged indigenous peoples and the poorest of the poor.
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    Religious Background {Bolivia Map-Small.png}
    The indigenous peoples of Bolivia were animists, believing in gods of the sun, moon and stars, the land, rivers and weather phenomena. Animals were sacrificed to appease the gods and spirits.
    Catholic missionaries accompanied the conquistadores and attempted to convert all of the indigenous peoples. However, in most of the tribal groups, this new and foreign religion was only a veneer over their still-held animistic faith, a fact that continues today, especially in the more remote locations.
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  2. page Bolivia edited ... June 2011 Bolivia was once South America’s richest country, but corrupt, inept and often unst…
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    June 2011
    Bolivia was once South America’s richest country, but corrupt, inept and often unstable governments—resulting in more than 200 successful coups—have rendered it the poorest nation in South America. This movement toward poverty was hastened when the international prices of silver, tin and cotton plummeted (Operation World).
    {Bolivia Map-Large.png} Data from Operation World DVD-ROM 2010 www.operationworld.org
    The country’s financial future may be a little brighter because discoveries of huge natural gas deposits are fueling economic growth. Democratic governments have stabilized the country since 1985 and improved the plight of underprivileged indigenous peoples and the poorest of the poor.
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    Religious Background {Bolivia Map-Small.png}
    The indigenous peoples of Bolivia were animists, believing in gods of the sun, moon and stars, the land, rivers and weather phenomena. Animals were sacrificed to appease the gods and spirits.
    {Bolivia Map-Small.png}
    Catholic missionaries accompanied the conquistadores and attempted to convert all of the indigenous peoples. However, in most of the tribal groups, this new and foreign religion was only a veneer over their still-held animistic faith, a fact that continues today, especially in the more remote locations.
    Common traditional beliefs include a focus on Pachamama, who is a mother earth figure, Ekeko, a god of luck, harvests, and abundance and, in mining regions, el Tío Supay, the Devil himself. Currently, on the first Friday of every month many Bolivians burn animal (llama fetus) and herb sacrifices to these gods.
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    For centuries, the Roman Catholic Church boasted a membership rate of 95 percent of the population, but the 2001 national census showed that percentage had dropped to 78 percent. The Church’s failure to appoint Bolivians to the priesthood, as noted by the decrease in Bolivian priests from 641 in 1912 to only 197 in 1969, contributed to the Catholic Church’s decline (Barrett I: 120).
    Traditionally, women have been known to be the more faithful, attending services and practicing their religious traditions. Though Catholicism is still quite strong, only a small percentage of adherents actively participate. Many who profess their Catholic faith distance themselves from the Church by using the very common phrase, “Soy Católico a mí manera” (I am Catholic in my own way).
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    into different {Bolivia-Selected Churches.png} factions that
    Protestant missionaries arrived in Bolivia unusually late for Latin America. The first resident missionaries arrived in 1895, representing the Brethren Assemblies. Canadian Baptists began serving there in 1898, but had little success initially. The first Methodist missionaries did not arrive until 1901, emphasizing schools, as had the early Baptists. And, as in the case of the Baptists, they have only grown appreciably since the 1960’s.
    Two early Protestant efforts entered Bolivia in 1903 and 1937, respectively, translated the New Testament into Quechua and established several Bible institutes. These merged in 1959 to form The Evangelical Christian Union, which is today Bolivia’s fourth largest Protestant body.
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    General Religious Background
    The indigenous peoples of Bolivia were animists, believing in gods of the sun, moon and stars, the land, rivers and weather phenomena. Animals were sacrificed to appease the gods and spirits.
    {Bolivia Map-Small.png}
    Catholic missionaries accompanied the conquistadores and attempted to convert all of the indigenous peoples. However, in most of the tribal groups, this new and foreign religion was only a veneer over their still-held animistic faith, a fact that continues today, especially in the more remote locations.
    Common traditional beliefs include a focus on Pachamama, who is a mother earth figure, Ekeko, a god of luck, harvests, and abundance and, in mining regions, el Tío Supay, the Devil himself. Currently, on the first Friday of every month many Bolivians burn animal (llama fetus) and herb sacrifices to these gods.
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