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“Within an independent and autonomous system, the government recognizes the Catholic Church as an important element in the historical, cultural, and moral formation of Peru and lends it its cooperation.
The Peruvian National Census, completed in 2007 supplies information regarding the nation’s religious attitude.
Upon independence, Peru was the name given to the country. Peru has an approximate land area of 496,225 square miles (1,285,223 square kilometers) and is located in the central western section of the South American continent.
It borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.
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This religious day, originally introduced by the Spaniards, was accepted by the Peruvian inhabitants as for them it had little to do with Catholicism, so much more with an old Inca ritual.
Although the name Peru was used by foreigners to describe the indigenous Inca population, they called themselves the Tahuantinsuyu (meaning "the four-quarters" in Quechua).To this day, one of the most powerful groups to challenge Peruvian national identity is that of the contemporary Indian population, which at different times in history has seen itself as the rightful heirs of the Inca empire and has resisted European influence on its culture.The name Peru was pervasive during the colonial period and was used to denominate the larger sections of the powerful viceroyalty of Lima.Pre-colonial religious traditions and beliefs -- primarily those of the Incas -- are still acknowledged and respected, if not widely practiced.The Inca gods are still known by many Peruvians, but their place in the nation’s religious outlook has been replaced by Catholicism.The celebration of Corpus Christi used to be celebrated in the whole country, but the Fiesta is most impressive in Cusco.Fifteen saints and virgins, organized in several processions, arrive from different places to the cathedral of Cusco where to came to “greet” the body of Christ, sixty days after Eastern Sunday.One of the biggest and most impressive celebration, a homage to the Sun, an important God in Inca Culture.The main part of the day takes place at the Ruins of Sacsahuaman, a beautiful natural scenery at 2 kms from Cusco of the large ceremony, an acknowledgment to the Sun...The following statistics are for Peruvians of 12-years of age and over, totaling 20,850,502 (Peru has a total population of 29,248,943): Interestingly, Catholicism is more dominant in urban areas (82%) than in rural areas (77.9%).In rural Peru, evangelical and non-evangelical Christians are more common (15.9% compared with 11.5% in urban areas).