Studies have shown that about 80% of all Brazilian citizens are Roman Catholic. After independence, more citizens started to practice other religions. Brazil has more citizens preaching Eastern Orthodoxy, Buddhism, Shinto, Islam, and other religions. Some Brazilian also pratice syncretic religions that blend Christian beliefs with rites taken from Africa. People often classify supernatural animals or humans to be at the same level of Roman Catholic saints. The main religions in Brazil are: Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Episcopal, Pentecostal, Lutheran, and Baptist. Catholicism was introduced to Brazil when the European settlers arrived and aimed to civilize the local native people. Religion is very important to every country's national identity. Brazil is considered to have a very complex religious system. But religion is a very important aspect of their many, various cultures and identity.