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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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Can the Pentecostal Subaltern Sing?

Can the Pentecostal Subaltern Sing?

(p.167) Chapter 6 Can the Pentecostal Subaltern Sing?
Migrating Faith

Daniel Ramírez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter plunges deeply into Pentecostalism's musical archive. Early Pentecostals (e.g., Marcial de la Cruz) avidly deployed the musical resources of their proletarian and peasant cultures and sacralized instruments and musical genres that Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist missionaries had previously marked as profane. This musical cultural framing of scriptural and other texts allowed evangelicalismo finally to burrow deeply in the subsoil of Catholic popular religiosity. It also introduced new sonic, corporeal, and emotional elements into the sacred space to replace the visual ones banished by iconoclastic Protestantism. This chapter studies hymnals and other sources, in order to trace the continuities and discontinuities between the missionary repertoire and its robust Pentecostal competitor (e.g., Elvira Herrera). The historical study borrows from ethnomusicology, in order to understand Pentecostalism's bricolage, creativity, and emotive core (Benjamín Cantú, Lorenzo Salazar). The current ebb and flow of liturgical and musical innovations within the contemporary marketplace of globalized Christian worship can be better understood in light of this earlier hybridity and fecundity.

Keywords:   hymnal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, De la Cruz, Herrera, Cantú, Salazar, ethnomusicology

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