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Fall 2017
Oct 27, 2021
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THEO 031 - Folk Rels Latin America
This course is an examination and appreciation of Latin American religious devotions with special attention to traditions brought to the United States from the Caribbean and Mexico.  Folk religions are developed and maintained by ordinary people and encompass unofficial beliefs and practices which often incorporate Catholic saints, indigenous spirits, and heroes and outlaws of popular imagination.  They often speak to the poor and disenfranchised who turn to them for help with problems of health, love, and money.  Folk religions may also act as subtle and profound orientations to life through which social experience is understood and the spiritual life embraced.  Students will be required to conduct extensive library and/or field research on a particular religious devotion carried out by a Latino community either in Latin America or in the United States in order to discuss such topics as: saints, healing, ritual practice, iconography, and the role of folk religion in the struggle for freedom and justice.

3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Theology & Religious Studies Department

Course Attributes:
SFS/RCST Latin America, Mean Grade is Calculated

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