Christianity is the dominant religion in Brazil. Makushi culture is being greatly modified by interethnic trade, contact, and integration of the tribe as a whole into regional Brazilian society. The Makushi now say that their religion is Christianity (Catholicism and Protestantism), but they continue their own ritual practices. Shamanism has great influence in Makushi society. The shaman or medicine man is the religious head of the village and the controller of all kinds of spirits. The office of shaman was formerly hereditary, but this is apparently no longer the case. The shaman uses traditional home remedies in curing.