Mario Carey Realty wants to mix it up and bring our clients, followers, and fellow Bahamians a little informative knowledge. Religion is indeed a touchy subject, but an interesting one. We all know it’s been a topic of controversy, war, and struggles, but also one of happiness, rejoice, and community throughout all of history. What many Bahamians do not know is that our island is a melting pot of religions.
The variety of religion here in The Bahamas is due to our rich Caribbean history, the colonial period, and geography. Europeans exploited The Bahamas in the late 15th century. From that time, to present day, many different cultures, races, and people came and have come into contact with numerous Bahamian Islands. The Four main players involved during the colonization period were France, Britain, Spain, and Africa. These countries practiced different religions and immensely influenced the islands.
The Bahamas’ geography also has a grand influence on our religious diversity. We are in close encounters with all the Caribbean Islands; these islands also experienced religious mixing during the colonial period. Historically, many people from those islands moved to The Bahamas. Presently, many visit for short and long periods of time, and create cross-cultural diversity. The Bahamas is also near South America and North America, which provides these areas with access to our Islands and increases our cross-cultural mixing. That being said, Europe is far from out of the picture. Direct flights between the UK and Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International AirPort, and our lengthy history with the British have maintained the islands’ relationship with the UK and their cultural practices.
Now, you are probably thinking to yourself, “Well, tell me what religions are here then.” The answer is, A LOT. We have many Protestant Christian denominations such as: Baptists, Anglicans, Pentecostals, Church of God, Seventh-day Adventists, Methodists, Roman Catholic, and Greek Orthodox. We also have Jewish, Baha’i, Jehovah’s Witness and Muslim communities. That being said, the Muslim mosque on Carmichael road was busy this past month with Ramadan and finished their fasting yesterday. Mario Carey Realty recognizes and respects the Islamic faith, as we do all faiths,and sends them our congratulations for their Ramadan events.
A small number of Bahamian and Haitians, especially those in the out islands, practice Obeah, a form of African shamanism. There are also many citizens who practice Rastafarianism. People from Guyana, India and other parts of East Asia, practice a mixture of religions including: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and other religions evolving around dharma—a law that focuses on peace, harmony, and stability within the Universe.
Mario Carey Realty respects The Bahamas’ melting pot of cultures and religions. We recognize the importance of all religions and encourage others to do the same. That’s all for now Bahamas! Take care and look out for the Weekend’s To-Do’s blog.
For questions and inquiries, please contact Mario Carey Realty at firstname.lastname@example.org or 242-677-8255.