Machismo In Venezuela

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Catholicism is extremely dominant among Venezuelans; around ninety-six percent of citizens are Catholic. It arrived with Spanish colonization and conquest, and has since grown to the enormous following of today. Freedom of religion is guaranteed in Venezuela’s constitution, but many native practices have been lost to conversion, and the few remaining survive in remote rural areas. Other minor, yet growing, religions include Protestantism, Islam and Judaism which can be found Caracas and other large cities. While Christianity has a large presence in the United States, there are dozens of varying denominations including, but not limited to Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, Evangelical and Mormon. Even then, Christians make up only around seventy-five percent of the population, with the rest divided among beliefs such as Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and non-theism. Because a number of America’s first colonies were initially founded for religious freedom, a greater religious mixture exists. This, in my opinion is better than a single religion dominating.

Large Christian populations in both countries make Christmas widely observed, but each has its unique
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Venezuela is a very patriarchal society expressing its own distinct national brand of machismo. Although men and women are legally equal, there are still great differences in terms of actual wage earnings, sexual freedom, and social expectations. In daily life, men are still expected to work outside the home, support the household, and prove their virility with many heterosexual liaisons. The modernist trend of following North American culture, however, is creating conflicts with these traditional gender expectations. Women are more and more a part of the general workforce, increasing their economic standing and discarding the exclusive domestic burden of the household and child
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