Sunday, September 13, 2009
Western World and christian civilization
In this map , Samuel Huntignton divides the christian world into 3 civilizations : the west , orthodox civilization and Latin America .
Well it's so understandable the division between Eastern(Orthodox) and western christianity (Catholicism and protestantism ) but what about Latin America and the west ???
If we take the basics of a civilization : Religion , History , Language , Race ....
Latin America is the catholic reservoir in the world with more than 450 million catholics so it's a western religion
Ethnically , Europeans are the largest single group, and they and people of part-European ancestry combine for approximately 80% of the population (CIA - The World Factbook -- Field Listing - Ethnic groups). Only Bolivia and Peru have a majority Amerindian .
Historically all Modern latin american countries are the result of Spanish colonization or other european colonial power (portugal), we can't deny the precolonial era or what we call pre-Columbian civilization , but what remains from it??
Finally Spanish and Portuguese are the predominent languages of latin america... and both of theses languages are romance european languages.
So i think Latin America is an integrant part of the west with a particularity that we call the Hispanidad which is the community formed by all the people and countries that share a common Hispanic-heritage and cultural pattern, but it's like the anglo-saxon culture inside the west.