Skip to main content
  • Living reference work
  • © 2020

Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions


  • A comprehensive reference that covers all major religions, beliefs and practices in Latin America

  • Views Latin American religions in dynamic interaction with other religions of Latin American origin and with religions which did not originate in Latin America but have been a lasting feature of its religious landscape

  • Takes into account the growing influence and role of the Diaspora in understanding Latin American religious traditions and religious identity

Part of the book series: Religions of the World (REWO)

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Table of contents (432 entries)

  1. Alternative Therapies

    • Rodrigo Toniol
  2. Andean Mysticism

    • Carlos Steil, Raquel Sonemann
  3. Anthroposophy

    • Raquel Litterio de Bastos
  4. Anticlerical Laws in Costa Rica, 1884

    • José Aurelio Sandí Morales
  5. Anticlericalism in Argentina

    • Roberto Di Stefano, José Zanca
  6. Aparecida Conference (CELAM V)

    • Alejandro Crosthwaite OP
  7. Arab Union of Cuba

    • Lina Jardines del Cueto
  8. Argentina

    • Gustavo Morello SJ
  9. Art of Living

    • Antonio Genivaldo Cordeiro de Oliveira
  10. Articles of Faith, Twelve

    • Rubia R. Valente
  11. Ashkenazi

    • Adriana Hernández Gómez de Molina
  12. Assemblies of God in Brazil

    • Gedeon Freire de Alencar
  13. Astrology

    • Silas Guerriero
  14. Atheism and Agnosticism in Cuba

    • Maximiliano Trujillo
  15. Atheism and Nonreligion in Latin America, Geography

    • Matías Bargsted, Nicolás M. Somma, Eduardo Valenzuela
  16. Atheism in Brazil

    • Paula Montero, Rafael Quintanilha
  17. Barquinha

    • Isabel Santana de Rose

About this book

This encyclopedia provides an overview of the main religions of Latin America and the Caribbean, both its centralized transnational expressions and its local variants and schisms. These main religions include (but are not limited to) the major expressions of Christianity (Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Pentecostalism, Mormonism, and Jehovah’s Witnesses), indigenous religions (Native American, Inuit, Quechua, Aymara, Guaraní, Maya, etc.), syncretic Christianity (including Afro-Brazilian religions like Umbanda and Candomblé and Afro-Caribbean religions like Vodun and Santería), other world religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam), transnational New Religious Movements (Rastafarianism, Scientology, Unification Church, Hare Krishna, New Age, etc.), and new local religions (Brazil’s Igreja Universal, La Luz del Mundo from Mexico, etc.).

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sociology/Anthropology, Oakland Univ Sociology/Anthropology, Rochester, USA

    Henri Gooren

About the editor

Henri Gooren is a Dutch cultural anthropologist working especially on conversion and Pentecostalism, Protestantism, Mormonism, and Roman Catholicism in Latin America.  His main books are Rich among the Poor (1999) and Religious Disaffiliation and Conversion: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices(2010).  Gooren conducted Templeton-sponsored research on the Pentecostalization of religion and society in Paraguay and Chile in 2010-12.  He published 20 chapters in books and 17 articles in journals, such as Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionExchange, Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, PentecoStudies, and Dialogue.  Gooren is affiliated with Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

  • Editors: Henri Gooren

  • Series Title: Religions of the World

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Springer Reference Religion and Philosophy, Reference Module Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Series ISSN: 2698-5535

  • Series E-ISSN: 2698-5543

  • Number of Pages: 1200

  • Topics: Religion, Regional Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies