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Migrating FaithPentecostalism in the United States and Mexico in the Twentieth Century$
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Daniel Ramírez

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624068

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624068.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Migrating Faith

Daniel Ramírez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter juxtaposes the brief 1906 report of a joyful and loquacious "poor, rough Indian from central Mexico" in the Azusa Street Revival with a lengthy testimonial carried in the periodical of Mexico's flagship denomination. The 1957 story of a southern Mexican migrant converted through hospitality and enchanted by music while flitting along the Baja California border prompts several questions: How do we understand the transition from the barest of sketches to a fully fleshed out portrait of purposeful solidarity? What larger processes over the span of five decades made this possible? Over the span of a century? In light of its contemporary numerical significance and early intriguing clues in the writings and careers of Manuel Gamio, César Chávez and Reies López Tijerina, this introductory discussion interrogates the minimal attention paid to Latino Pentecostalism by academic guilds and lays down several theoretical markers and definitions in terms of borderlands theory, transnationalism, and migration studies (e.g., religious remittances)

Keywords:   Azusa Street Revival, Tijerina, Gamio, Chávez, U.S.-Mexico borderlands, transnational religion, migration studies, religious remittances

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