Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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Music, particularly congregational singing, has long been central to Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity. Since the beginnings of the movement, collective music-making has provided a way for participants to create and maintain a distinct Pentecostal identity; to express, embody, and regularize emotion within the corporate worship; to negotiate the boundaries between the church and the broader society; and to produce social harmony among participants of diverse backgrounds.

Pentecostal music-making has been characterized by global roots and routes. The songs…

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Ingalls, Monique, “Music”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 20201204

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