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Religion and Culture
Religion has had a shockingly profound effect on the lives and culture of the Pech
people. The detrimental effects of western ideals of Christianity and
"civilization" can be seen in all aspects of their lives. Many of the
traditional practices that made culture uniquely identifiable as Pech culture have been
banned by the church. One of the most insidious ways imperial nations used to subjugate
colonies and their indigenous inhabitants has always been religion. The remote areas of La
Moskitia are no different (read the history section). And even today, despite the good
intentions of a few religious leaders, most often they cause more harm than good.
We have encountered Pech pastors and religious devotees who take a strong stand in
denouncing traditional practices (such as herbal healing, dancing, etc.) as primitive and
satanic. They describe the work of the Watas, traditional shaman as witch-craft. Today
they are no longer any Pech Shamans. Due to persecution or lack of interest, it appears
that the teachings of the last shamans have been lost on recent generations most
influenced by religion and the Latino culture. The spiritual and natural knowledge of the
ancestors has been demonized.
Most Pech today are fervent followers of the Church. A few only attend as a social
event and disagree with some of the teachings as they try to preserve their indigenous
identity and culture. These people are few and in much need of support if they are going
to succeed at reviving a dying culture.