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Ecuador is a country of contrasts. It is amazing that this small nation (10^,506 square miles, or roughly the size of Ohio) lying upon the equator can hold such a vast array of people, land forms, customs and attitudes as it does. Ecuador's land alone ranges from steamy tropical jungles to cool, sleepy mountains to a hot, bustling coast. In the mountains, the temperature can go from 80* F. to 40' F. in one day. Its population is just as diverse—5% black, 10% white, 40% Indian, and k$% mestizo, or p white/Indian mixed. Inhabitants range from primitive, isolated, and usually poverty-stricken Indian tribes to sophisticated, world-traveled, white millionaires, and beggars are seen outside the gates of luxuriant homes. The Roman Catholic Church contributes its share of Ecuador's contrasts. For example, while 91% of the country's inhabitants have been baptized into Catholicism, perhaps only half of them 3 actively practice their faith. Even so, almost all Ecuadorians automatically consider themselves Catholic and may even become offended if challenged on that point.
Obiedzinski, Sheryl L., "The Role of the Ecuadorian Catholic Church in Providing Social Aid for its People" (1982). Honors Theses. 2156.
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