Other large groups include the Nganguela and the Lunda-Chockwe.
As you might expect in a country that was a Portuguese colony for over 500 years, the majority of the people are either Christian (Roman Catholic) or follow native beliefs.
Most incorporate beliefs such as ancestor worship within a more formal religion. Religious leaders played an important role in the democratic resolution of the civil war and are ardent campaigners for social justice and human rights.
They believe that ancestors play a part in the lives of the living.
Therefore, the spirits of dead ancestors remain prominent members of the community.
Ancestral worship is a common thread through many indigenous religions.
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Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo Capital: Luanda Population: 19,088,106 (July 2014 est.)Ethnic Groups: Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mestico (mixed European and native African) 2%, European 1%, other 22%Religions: indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.) Portuguese is both the official and predominant language in the black, mestiço and white populations.
About 40% of Angolans speak Bantu languages as their first languages, many more as second language, although younger urban generations and some sectors of the Angolan society are moving towards the exclusive use of Portuguese.
The most spoken Bantu languages are Kimbundu, Umbundu, and Kikongo (all of these have many Portuguese-derived words).
Although many people when asked may say they are Angolan, most of them will really have their primary sense of identity and loyalty to a tribe.