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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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To Crush the Devil’s Head

To Crush the Devil’s Head

(p.102) 5. To Crush the Devil’s Head
Fire in the Canyon

Leah Sarat

NYU Press

This chapter examines spiritual warfare as a way for Pentecostals of El Alberto to deal with the dangerous effects of mobility and globalization upon the bodies of the faithful, especially the youth. The logic of spiritual warfare is grounded in the assumption that a person's moral and physical states are seamlessly combined. Drawing upon the tools of spiritual battle, Pentecostals seek to control the many unseen threats introduced by the global movement of people, products, and images. This chapter considers the Pentecostals' attitudes toward witchcraft, sorcery, and Satan as well as Pentecostalism's relationship with the hñähñu notion of cosmos.

Keywords:   spiritual warfare, Pentecostals, El Alberto, globalization, youth, sorcery, Satan, Pentecostalism, hñähñu

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