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Ethnicity, Language, & Religion of St. Lucia

Ethnicity

Most of St. Lucia's population is of African descent, many of whose ancestors were brought over with the slave trade. Most of the slaves that arrived to St. Lucia came from the modern countries of Nigeria, Cameroon, Central Africa, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon, although slaves came from various parts of Western and Southern Africa. There are also smaller groups of ethnic American Indians as well as others living in St. Lucia today.

Language

English is the only official language in St. Lucia and is a popular native language on the island. However, French patois is also spoken by many on the island; this language is similar to French, but has various introductions from other languages, including English. Despite the linguistic divide, English is generally the language of communication between groups.

Religion

Just over two thirds of the population in St. Lucia is Roman Catholic, while Protestantism makes up about 20%. The rest of the people practice various other religions, including other forms of Christianity and Rastafarianism.

Catholicism is a Christian religion that is one of the first Christian religions (founded after the death of Jesus in about 30-33 AD). Catholicism believes that there is a single God who created everything, a savior, the son of God, Jesus Christ who is the forgiver of sins, and there is the Holy Spirit, which makes up the last part of the Holy Trinity. Catholics follow the teachings of the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. Much of the faith is based on the life and teachings of Jesus, which is found in the gospels (in the New Testament).

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This page was last updated: May, 2014