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Old 02-21-2019, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Canada
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Most are Catholic.
It would be pretty close. You go to Guatemala and you see store front churches everywhere. Catholicism is dieing in Guatemala.
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Old 02-21-2019, 08:56 AM
 
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In North America, I would say Guatemala. It's really Indigenous, feels like the old Mesoamerican civilization is still alive in Guatemala.

In South America, I would guess Bolivia.
What are some of the things in Guatemalan culture that are like old Mesoamerican civilization?
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Old 02-21-2019, 01:14 PM
 
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What are some of the things in Guatemalan culture that are like old Mesoamerican civilization?
It's common to hear Mayan languages being spoken in Guatemala, women wearing huipiles and weaved clothing are very common sight as well (many of the weaved pattern design & motifs are Mesoamerican in origin). You have people living off the land (lots of Maize farmers), mainly subsisting off the "Mesoamerican diet". Many folks carrying their stuff with a tumpline, women carrying their baby on their back, sweatlodges or temazcals & Mayan medicine being popular among the Indigenous population, the traditional dances, etc.

Though most people are Catholics, many of the old beliefs & superstitions are still around, at least among the Indigenous population, like Maize is considered sacred or the burning of pom copal to cleanse or ward off bad spirits... also, when I first read the Popol Vuh, I was surprised how much of the material & stories are very familiar and are still around reflecting in contemporary cultures of Guatemala. The old ritual Mayan calendar has also survived in Guatemala, though it had been declining in use by the mid 20th century, it's somewhat making a comeback among the youth.

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Old 02-21-2019, 01:23 PM
 
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It would be pretty close. You go to Guatemala and you see store front churches everywhere. Catholicism is dieing in Guatemala.
When I'm in Guatemala, Catholicism still seemed very popular. Catholic churches were always packed.
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Old 02-23-2019, 10:04 PM
 
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In South America it's Bolivia. After that I'd say Peru. And then after that Paraguay, and maybe Ecuador
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Old 02-24-2019, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Paraguay would be the clear winner linguistically, as Guarani is the everyday language spoken in the street and households. But most Paraguayans have relatively little non-European ancestry, ad it is ethnically more like Argentina than Bolivia.

95% of Paraguayans claim to have some white ancestry, with 40% being of Italian background.
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