The Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia. More than 85 percent of the people are Roman Catholic. The rosary is said in the home at 9P.M., just before the family retires for the night. Children are introduced to the statue of “Mama Mary” at a very early age.
Suni Muslims constitute the largest non-Christian group. Animism, a belief that natural objects have souls, is the oldest religion in the country, practiced by indigenous peoples in the mountains of Luzon.
Faith healers cure illness by prayer or touch. “Psychic” healers operate without using scalpels or drawing blood. The several thousand healers are Christians. They believe that if they ask for a fee, their power will disappear. Patients are generous with gifts because healers are greatly respected.