Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Pentecostals are known by the term Pente in Ethiopia. The term in the context of Ethiopia, is too confusing to be employed in any scholarly work without major qualification. The designation itself has now morphed into a generic label for all non-Orthodox and non-Catholic Christians in Ethiopia. The derogatory origin of Pente lends to the movement’s negative image of being counter-cultural, alien and going against the national culture. Consequently, its adherents were depicted in the public sector as followers of a foreign faith. Though the term…

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Eshete, Tibebe, “Ethiopia”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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