lotu

1. religion, religious service, worship

  • haus lotu church
  • Yumi go kamap long lotu.
    Let’s go to worship.

2. to pray, worship

  • Yu mas lotu olgeta de.
    You must worship every day.

FYI: Christianity is enshrined in Papua New Guinea’s Constitution, which declares that Papua New Guinea is a Christian country. Christianity, an entrenched cultural legacy of missionaries in the 19th century, is practised by 96% of all Papua New Guineans (National Statistical Office, 2013), with 73.6% following a Protestant denomination (Evangelical Lutheran 18.4%, United Church 10.3%, Seventh-Day Adventist 12.9%, Pentecostal 10.4%, Evangelical Alliance 5.9%, Anglican 3.2%, Baptist 2.8%, other Protestant 9.7%). The remaining 26% are Roman Catholics. Christianity permeates nearly every aspect of daily life, acting as a central framework through which people make sense of the world. Christian beliefs coexist with traditional beliefs, spirituality and values, and have a strong influence when facing life-or-death realities. Ancestor worship is important, and animal totems are involved in creation myths, such as the crocodile, which is revered by some clans in the Sepik River region. The churches play an integral and important role in the delivery of health-care services across the country.

See also: Traditional Beliefs in Papua New Guinea

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