Protestantism is rising in Brazil religious demographic. The share of Brazil’s overall population that identifies as Catholic - once the biggest in the whole world - has been dropping steadily in recent decades, while the percentage of Brazilians who belong to Protestant churches has been rising. In Rio, this is even more prominent, and, because of that, the city is seeing some changes in how the faithful act towards their faith and the relation between them and the city.
The hills of Rio are perhaps best known for their favelas, the labyrinth-like jumbles of informal housing, infamous as places of drug trafficking, intimidation and violence. While these trends continue in some places, a few of this hills have been repurposed as places of adoration of god and gospels by a growing protestant community. This projects documents their proliferation.