Popular Religious Expressions Today: <i>U.S. Latinos and Latinas</i>

Meredith B. McGuire

in Lived Religion

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195172621
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851942 | DOI:
Popular Religious Expressions Today: U.S. Latinos and Latinas

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This chapter examines the popular religious expressions of Latinos and Latinas in the United States. It suggests that people's religious practice is often informed by popular religious traditions as well as by church traditions. There are also individuals who have combined, adapted, and transformed inherited popular traditions to form their religious beliefs and practices. Many popular religious expressions are based on late medieval religious beliefs and practices that are not considered religion by 20th- and 21st-century religious scholars. These include the tapping of divine power, the concepts of the sacred and the profane, and the ambivalence of popular tradition.

Keywords: religious expression; Latinos; religious tradition; popular tradition; religious beliefs; religious practices; United States

Chapter.  8856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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