Religion, being another of the social institutions
of society, is the realm in society where our
beliefs about a supernatural power and an
afterlife and how these impact on our life
PRAYER AND RITUAL
Preserve in suffering and Trails
Teach Virtues such as truth, discipline and
Respect for Authority
Religions that are dominant in our social
institution of religion tend to be the ones that
have been legitimised by European colonial
rule. Europeans or elites, after
emancipation, did not curb the involment of the
population in becoming devotees of mainstream
In Trinidad and Tobago while Hinduism and
Islam are observed by a large percentage of the
population,it may not be true to say that they
represent values of the dominant in instiutional
environment of religion. This is because Roman
Catholicism and other religions dominate public
life and national symbols.
Complexity is deepened when we think of those
religions that adopted some Christian elements but
created a hydrid with African traditions and new
world adaptations. These were never welcome by
Europeans and elites because of the changes in music
which includes Drumming ,dancing ,hand clapping
and loud singing.. Note also that persons of all social
ranks and ethnic origin have now joined the Rastafari
Marx saw religion as social drug that nullified the
negative effects of the exloitative production.
Religion serves to reinforce and legitimize the
position of the capitalist.
Religion is an Illusion
TYPES OF RELIGION
WITHIN THE CARIBBEAN
C O N T R I BU T I O N O F R E L I G I O N
ART- Some of the greatest master pieces of art have been inspired by
religion... From the ancient Greeks to De Vinci and, Michelangelo.
EDUCATION-BUILDING SCHOOLS AND TRAINING CENTRES
Architecture- From the pyramids, to the cathedrals of Europe to
Mosques of Turkey, all are beautiful buildings.
HEALTH/MEDICINE-BUILDING OF HOSPICE TO CARE FOR
THE SICK AND DYING.
DRESSING- Influence how believers should dress on a daily occasion.
Or way of Life. E.g Muslims females cover there heads at all times