What religions do Kenyans practice?
As far as Kenya religion goes, the Constitution of Kenya guarantees freedom of religion and worship to its people.
The vast majority of Kenyans are Christians, and the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches are the most established Christian denominations. Other well established African religions and denominations include the African Inland Church (AIC), Seventh Day Adventists (SDA), and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA).
In addition, there are a number of Evangelical churches and Independent African Christian churches.
Islam is another major religion in Kenya. Followers include both Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims. The largest number of Muslims in Kenya are found in Mombasa and the neighboring coastal regions, as well as the northeastern regions of Kenya. Nairobi also has numerous mosques and a notable Muslim following.
Many of the traditional African religions are no longer widely practiced. Some of the denominations considered as indigenous religions combine aspects of Christianity with traditional religious beliefs. One of these denominations is Dini ya Msambwa, found mostly in Kenya's Western province.
The few Kenyans who adhere to Hinduism and Sikhism are mostly Indians. They reside in most major towns and cities across Kenya.
Kenya Religion Facts
The following statistics show Kenya's most recent religious composition:
Christian-Protestant 45% (This includes the Anglican Church of Kenya)
Roman Catholic 33%
Indigenous Religions 10%
Source: CIA World Factbook
Since the revival of Christianity in the 19th century, Kenya has continued to attract Christian missions from abroad. These missions mainly establish themselves in the remote parts of the country and offer help to Kenyans through religious, educational and medical facilities.
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