Most Bahamians are churchgoing Christians; approximately 80% Protestant and 20% Roman Catholic. Protestant denominations are primarily Baptist and Anglican. The country has one of the highest number of churches per capita in the world. Congregations meet in churches throughout the islands and are led by ordained as well as un-ordained ministers and priests.
Obeah is an African system of belief in spirits and healing practices still prevalent in the islands. It's been superimposed on Christianity after developing among enslaved West Africans in the West Indies and is an important part of Bahamian national heritage. Various Obeah influences figure heavily in stories and folklore of the islands. The islands still feature Obeah believers that include experts who will place and remove curses, communicate with spirits and give spiritual advice. Read more: Obeah on the Rise.