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Heavily Roman Catholic, the Caribbean island of Curaçao was a part of the Netherland Antilles until its dissolution on the 10th of October, 2010. Curaçao is self-governing, though the Dutch government provides support in areas of defense, foreign policy, and the island's finances. A total of 85% of the populace is Roman Catholic, with the next largest religious body adhering to the Dutch Reformed Protestant faith, accounting for approximately 3% of the population. Other significant faiths include Judaism, which represents less than 1%, and smaller communities of Seventh-Day Adventists and Methodists. Some Curaçaoans practice Montamentu, an African Caribbean ecstatic religion introduced in the 1950s by immigrants from Santo Domingo. Most of the religious communities engage in some degree of syncretism, blending Christianity with traditional African ...

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