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Fire in the CanyonReligion, Migration, and the Mexican Dream$
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Leah M. Sarat

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814759370

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814759370.001.0001

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Send Us Power

Send Us Power

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(p.87) 4. Send Us Power
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Fire in the Canyon
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Leah Sarat

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814759370.003.0004

This chapter examines how religion enables Pentecostals of El Alberto to negotiate the day-to-day challenges of transnational life. Focusing on the religious practices of the relatives of those who migrated to the United States, it considers how Pentecostalism in El Alberto came to be intertwined with the daily, relational challenges of migration. It shows that Pentecostalism's embodied practices resonate with indigenous notions of reciprocity and exchange and explains how prosperity theology paved the way for emigrants' relatives in El Alberto to embrace a spiritual economy in which dollars interlace with prayers. As migrants send remittances home, their loved ones back in Mexico implore God to protect their relatives and help them find work by resorting to fasting, faith healing, and prayer.

Keywords:   migration, El Alberto, religion, United States, Pentecostalism, prosperity theology, emigrants, spiritual economy, remittances, Mexico

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