Stigmatisation and ritual: An analysis of the stigmatisation of pentecostalism in Chile

Wilson Muñoz, M. Esther Fernández-Mostaza*

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© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number246
Pages (from-to)-
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2018


  • Pentecostalism
  • Ritual
  • Stigmatisation


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