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This is the introductory chapter of the book that focuses on the ritual and everyday processes and practices, through which a Pentecostal life world is constituted, unfolded, and nourished, that is, on how people learn to think, behave, and orient themselves in the world as Pentecostals. The book is based on a total of seventeen months of ethnographic fieldwork in the city of Valparaíso in central Chile between 1999 and 2009. Research for the book was mainly conducted in the Evangelical Pentecostal Church (EPC). A theological dualism between the life with God and the godless and corrupted 'world' is important in many Pentecostal churches in Chile and elsewhere, but it is particularly emphasised in the EPC. The chapter also discusses how subsequent chapters in the book are organized.

Keywords:Chile; Evangelical Pentecostal Church (EPC); Pentecostals; Valparaíso



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