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Religions 2018, 9(8), 246;

Stigmatisation and Ritual: An Analysis of the Stigmatisation of Pentecostalism in Chile

Faculty of Education & Humanities, Universidad de Tarapacá, 1000000 Arica, Chile
Laboratory of Social Anthropology, Collège de France/EHESS/CNRS/PSL Research University, 75231 Paris, France
Department of Sociology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Spain
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Received: 9 July 2018 / Revised: 1 August 2018 / Accepted: 8 August 2018 / Published: 16 August 2018
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Pentecostalism has been one of the most successful religious movements in Chile due to both its historical growth and its ascendancy in different spheres of society. Nevertheless, from its origins to the present day, it has also been the most stigmatised religious movement in the country. Studies have explained this phenomenon by referring to variables of social class or religious rivalry. However, they have forgotten a factor that is key to this problem and to Pentecostalism: its ritual dimension. The aim of this article is to analyse the relationship between the stigmatisation of the movement and its unusual ritual life. It is concluded from the analysis of documentary sources that the principal contexts in which Pentecostalism is stigmatised are those that feature the staging of ritual, and that the stigmatisation mainly attacks and disparages the most distinctive ritual practices of the movement. View Full-Text
Keywords: Pentecostalism; stigmatisation; ritual Pentecostalism; stigmatisation; ritual
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Muñoz, W.; Fernández-Mostaza, M.E. Stigmatisation and Ritual: An Analysis of the Stigmatisation of Pentecostalism in Chile. Religions 2018, 9, 246.

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