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date: 18 April 2019

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Religious folklore yields to the same analytical approaches that contribute to understanding similar expression in other groups. Moreover, some groups develop systems of belief, behavior, organization, and symbolism that lie outside standard religious systems. Often ignored by scholars in other disciplines, this folk religion—manifested in forms such as the folk church, folk religious communities, complementary religion, and tribal religion—invites the attention of folklore studies, whose traditional focus has often been on cultures that stand alongside but apart from mainstream societies. Folklorists apply their empathetic research methods to folk religious groups through careful ethnography that accounts for what may be distinctive to the groups as well as what they share with other folk groups.

Keywords: complementary religion, folk church, folk religion, Native Americans, religious folklife, ritual, sermon, syncretism, tribal religion

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