God's Peculiar People: Women's Voices & Folk Tradition in a Pentecostal Church

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University Press of Kentucky, 1988 - Religion - 159 pages
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'Holy rollers'--with this epithet most people dismiss members of the Pentecostal sect as wild religious fanatics. In this new study folklorist Elaine Lawless draws on fieldwork among Pentecostal congregations in the limestone region of southern Indiana to offer a sympathetic view of the Pentecostals as a special group distinguished by their own fold traditions and religions expression.

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God's peculiar people: women's voices & folk tradition in a Pentecostal church

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The analytic voice of the folklorist may seem an incongruous one for exploring the religious fervor of Pentecostalism. Yet Lawless's personal responses do come through as she presents an implicit ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Maintaining Boundaries
35
Discourse Rules
55
Power of the Word
77
Conclusion
110
Notes
126
Index
155
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About the author (1988)

Elaine J. Lawless is professor of English at the University of Missouri. She is the author of several books, including "Women Escaping Violence: Empowerment through Narrative". She is the president of the American Folklore Society.

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