"CARACAS, Dec 13 [sic] (IPS) - María Lionza, goddess of the second leading religion in Venezuela, has emerged from the depths of the forests and waters that she has protected since the era of the Spanish Conquest, according to her followers, to end up smack in the middle of a bitter cultural debate.
"An estimated two million Venezuelans, of a total population of 24 million, are followers of María Lionza, but most also identify themselves as Roman Catholic, the faith of the vast majority in this country.
"For the past half a century, a cement statue of this goddess, protector of nature has dominated a stretch of grass along the main highway of Caracas. María Lionza is depicted nude and muscular, astride a tapir and lifting a pelvis bone -- symbol of fertility -- to the heavens ..."
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