A large number of reefs within the inner granitic islands of the archipelago of Seychelles could be entirely lost, unless concerted action is taken soon to control crown of thorns, warns Dr. Udo Englhardt, the expert on on the management of crown of thorns in a...
The parish church of St. Francis at Baie Lazare
The main religion in Seychelles is Roman Catholicism, with 82% of the population belonging to this religion. Around 6.4% of the Seychellois are Anglican Christian. Hinduism is followed by 2.4% of the population followed by 1.6% of Islam. No restrictions are imposed on religious worship by any of the denominations, and tax-free status is granted to the religious organizations by the government.
The government of Seychelles allows 15 minutes of religious broadcasting every Friday for the Muslim community. Although there are many mosques around the country, many of the Muslims and mosques are found on the island of Mahe.
Although 6% of the population of Seychelles are Ethnic Indians, only 2.4% are Hindus. A Hindu festival called ‘Taippoosam Kavadi’ is a public holiday in Seychelles.
British efforts to establish Protestantism in the islands during the nineteenth century did not succeed because of the tong French influence.
Mission schools had a virtual monopoly on education until 1944 when the government took over the schools. Sunday masses are well attended, and religious holidays are celebrated throughout the nation both as opportunities for the devout to practice their faith and as social events.
Despite the influence of religion, other beliefs such as witchcraft, magic, superstition, and divination exist in Seychellois culture. It is common to visit a “tonton” – a wizard during illness or with personal problems. The use of talismans is also widespread.