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Afro-Cuban Catholicisms  

Elizabeth Pérez

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter focuses on Afro-Cuban Catholic beliefs and practices, taking an historical approach and bringing the reader up to the contemporary moment. As the chapter will demonstrate, ... More

Assault Sorcery  

Robin M. Wright

This article is an in-depth study of the cosmology and practices of assault sorcerers. While it concentrates mostly on indigenous Amazonian societies, comparisons are drawn from other ... More

Australian Aboriginal Societies  

John Hilary Martin

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Oct 2006
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Sep 2009
Indigenous societies are affected by globalization in two ways: the forces of the global economy and culture that come into their traditional homes and their own out-migration to new ... More

The Catholic Church and Central American Immigrants in the United States  

Cecilia Menjívar

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter focuses on the historic and contemporary role of the Catholic Church in leading ecumenical efforts in supporting Central American immigrants. In sharp contrast to the state, ... More

Christianities and the Construction of Latinx Ethnoracial Identities  

Jonathan Calvillo

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter offers a framework of ethnoracial identity formation that emphasizes the historical factors linking Latin American religions and Latinx ethnoracial identity. The chapter ... More

Contemporary Daoist Tangki Practice  

Margaret Chan

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Nov 2015
Since 1979, China has seen a renaissance of indigenous belief systems, including Daoist tangki spirit-medium practice. Tangki traditions have Neolithic roots. The founding myth is of a man ... More

“Conversion” and the Resurgence of Indigenous Religion in China  

Fan Lizhu and Chen Na

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Apr 2014
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May 2014
This study suggests that the term “conversion” is deeply embedded in the institutionalized Christian context and may not be an appropriate approach to understand China’s religious tradition ... More

Cuban-Descent Catholics  

Michelle Gonzales Maldonado

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter examines the history of Cuban Americans, who are the second largest Latino/a immigrant group in the United States. In the first forty years after the 1959 Cuban Revolution, ... More

Ethics, Theology, and Mestizaje  

Néstor Medina

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter examines the historical usage of the category of mestizaje by scholars, arguing that it continues to be a useful theological category, because it elucidates the divine ... More

Globalization and Gender Inequality: A Contribution from a Latino Afro-feminist Perspective  

Maricel Mena López

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This chapter analyzes the context and daily life of Afro-Caribbean women within globalization in order to find ethnical praxis. This is prevailing and necessary in the actual social model ... More

Globalization, Women, and Religion in the Middle East  

Azza M. Karam

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Nov 2011
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Jan 2012
This chapter begins with a discussion of the legacies of colonialism in the Middle East, and then turns to women and religion in the Middle East, feminisms in the Middle East, and Islamism ... More

Ihahamuka: An Indigenous Medical Condition among Rwandan Genocide Survivors  

Christopher C. Taylor

One of the core metaphors in Rwandan traditional medicine concerns the flow of bodily fluids. This metaphor is a recursive one, extending into other domains of Rwandan symbolic thought, ... More

Indigenous Christianities: Commensuration, (De)Colonization, and Cultural Production in Latin America  

Andrew Orta

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Mar 2020
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Mar 2020
From the earliest moments of the colonial encounter, indigenous Christianity has been an object of scrutiny. This chapter examines indigenous Christianity in its connection with a founding ... More

Indigenous Lifeways and Knowing the World  

John A. Grim

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Apr 2008
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Sep 2009
This article seeks to explore selected examples of diverse indigenous ways of knowing the world. It acknowledges differences not only among indigenous ways of knowing but also between ... More

Indigenous Peoples: A Case Study on being a Twenty-First-Century Maori Anglican  

Jenny Te Paa-Daniel

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Oct 2015
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Jul 2016
In 1992 the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia, which owed its origin ultimately to the work of Samuel Marsden and other missionaries, undertook a globally unprecedented ... More

Indigenous Traditions: Religion and Ecology  

John A. Grim

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Nov 2006
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Sep 2009
No one term in an indigenous language may exactly translate, or even correspond to, the English terms “religion” or “ecology.” The term “ecology” is used here to express indigenous ... More

Introduction: Una Historia de perseverancia y resiliencia pueblo (A People’s History of Perseverance and Resilience)  

Kristy Nabhan-Warren

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter presents an overview of the history of Latina/x/o religious studies and focuses on the particular history of Latina/x/o Christian studies. The chapter offers a genealogy of ... More

Jesuits and Africa  

Festo Mkenda

Jesuits have commanded scholarly attention in recent years, with Jesuit studies almost becoming an independent academic discipline. However, their involvement in Africa remains largely ... More

Latina/o Pentecostalism  

Lloyd Barba

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
That Pentecostalism stands out as among the fastest growing religious movements of the twentieth century in the United States and Latin America is a well-documented fact among scholars. Not ... More

Latina/o/x Mormons  

Sujey Vega

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Apr 2022
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Feb 2022
This chapter traces the history of LDS Latinas/os, which is marked by moments of consecration, conversion, and coming to voice. Latina/o Saints navigate Mormon doctrine and Mormon culture ... More

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