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date: 13 November 2019

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This chapter focuses on transnational networks of Pentecostal practice. It explores the use of “Pannkotis” to identify musical practice among a variety of Haitian churches, including some tied historically to Protestant and Pentecostal organizations in the United States. It also discusses the author’s roles as a Western ethnomusicologist and a Pentecostal believer, reflecting on the power shifts in transnational engagement that shared faith can engender: the author was often not only a learner about Haitian Pentecostals themselves, but also a religious learner with them; at other times, by virtue of the “portable” religious capital of the author’s status as a Pentecostal minister, he was placed as a musical and religious teacher. The chapter points provocatively to the discontinuities the author experienced as an ethnomusicologist because of the understandings and beliefs he shared as a coreligionist with Haitian Pentecostals.

Keywords: Christianity, Caribbean, Haiti, Pentecostal, Catholic, Protestant, African diaspora, transcendence

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