Religion is an important part of the Rwandan culture. European missionaries introduced Christianity to Rwanda in the late 19th century and it quickly spread to the majority of the population. Statistics, as of 2006, show that 56.5% of the population are Roman Catholic, 26% Protestant, 11.1% Seventh Day Adventist, 4.6% Muslim, 1.7% claim no religious affiliation at all, and 0.1% practice traditional beliefs passed down orally from their ancestors.
Only a few of the people that practice traditional indigenous beliefs observe them exclusively. Most of these customary traditions incorporate beliefs from other religions into their daily practice. Traditional Rwandan customs hold the belief in the Supreme Being Imana and a number of lesser deities who can be communicated with through the spirits of the dead.
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