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Lived ReligionFaith and Practice in Everyday Life$
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Meredith B. McGuire

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.001.0001

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Popular Religious Expressions Today: U.S. Latinos and Latinas

Popular Religious Expressions Today: U.S. Latinos and Latinas

(p.45) 3 Popular Religious Expressions Today: U.S. Latinos and Latinas
Lived Religion

Meredith B. McGuire

Oxford University Press

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

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