Kerala Religion



Kerala hailed, as Gods own country, by many, deserves this accolade because of many features geographical and sociological. A long coastline in the west and mountains on the east form clear natural boundaries. Besides, nature is at its cleanest best here.Religion has played a crucial role in Keralas culture. There are mainly three religions in Kerala - Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

As far as the religion of Kerala is concerned, the origins could be traced to Hinduism.Then came in the Islamic faith and Christianity with their various sects. The other Indian religions like Buddhism and Jainism had some influence among the Hindus and were found scattered, with their migration to Kerala.

According to the 1991 census 57.38% of the population of Kerala are Hindus, 23.33 Muslims and 19.32 Christians. The earliest settlers of Kerala were the Proto-Australoids, the Mediterraneans, the Dravidians, and the Aryans in 321-297 BC.

Hinduism, the worlds oldest religion dates back to about 5000 BC. Islam is said to have entered into Kerala through commercial trading between Kerala and Middle East during 7th century AD.The Syrian Christians of Kerala believe that St. Thomas,the apostle landed in the state in 52 AD and established Christianity.

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