Samoan is an Austronesian language, more specifically a Polynesian language. Its
closest linguistic relative is debatable, but all the Polynesian languages are closely
related, including Tongan, Tuvaluan, Hawai'ian, and Maori among many others.
Nearly everyone in Samoa is Christian in some form. About
35% of the people are Congregational, about 20% are Catholic, 15% are Methodist,
and 13% are Mormon. More than anything, this divide best represents the missionaries
who have converted people in Samoa both today and in the past.
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