Making a covenant with the lord Jesus: the appeal of ‘repentance’ in Roma communities in post-communist Romania

Preda, Sînziana (Articol)

“In post-socialist Romania, characterised by the simultaneous tendencies towards recuperating the previously marginalized religious life and towards gradual secularization, many Roms discover a new dimension of faith in contact with denominations such as the Pentecostals, Baptists or Adventists. The paper aims to trace the outlines of this transformation starting from the identity configuration of the Roma groups investigated, and considering the influence of factors such as age, family and community models, personal (traumatic) experiences, the religious history of the community and the personal relationship with the abandoned denomination. One of the most important findings of the analysis concerns the nature of the conversion, which is rather a (re)discovery of one’s spirituality than a transition from one religion to another. Approaching topics such as Means of accessing/adopting evangelical denominations; Roma marriage, between tradition and faith; God, repentance and the Others; The gains of repentance, the study sketches out the patterns of change triggered by conversion in the sphere of social, neighborhood, and ethnic relations.”

Cuvinte cheie: conversion, Evangelical, repenters, Roma Communities, and tradition

Revista de etnografie și folclor / Journal of Ethnography and Folklore

2018, nr. 1-2, p. 277-301