Pew research study: Hispanics and the spirit world

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Some Hispanics incorporate indigenous or Afro-Caribbean practices into their religious experiences, such as seeking help from someone with special powers to heal the sick, using incense or herbs in a ceremony for spiritual cleansing, or making offerings to spiritual beings.

Some Latinos take part in other forms of spiritual expression that may reflect a mix of Christian and indigenous influences. For instance, a majority of Latinos say they believe people can be possessed by spirits, and about three-in-ten say they have made offerings to spiritual beings or saints.

Whether these practices derive mainly from indigenous or traditional Christian sources – or a combination of the two – they point to a strong sense of the spirit world in the everyday lives of many Latinos.

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More stats on believers in astrology, evil eye and other assorted items at the link.

It is only fair to note that this is not necessarily restricted to Hispanics, although that is subject of the linked study.

A church as seemingly bland as the United Church of Canada featured a sympathetic article on voodoo in an issue of the UC Observer.

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