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SOUZA, André Ricardo de; ABUMANSSUR, Edin Sued  e  LEITE JUNIOR, Jorge. Paths of the devil and his roles in neo-Pentecostal churches. Horiz. antropol. [online]. 2019, vol.25, n.53, pp.385-410.  Epub 25-Abr-2019. ISSN 1806-9983.

The Devil has been a rising figure for most people and churches. In Brazil, neo-Pentecostalism grew in large part by combating the entities of the Afro-Brazilian pantheon. In the denominations of this branch, it is common to attribute to the Devil the negative influence on the people, being that he also is responsible for the non payment of tithes, evidencing their importance for these churches. They also demonize organizations and individuals who oppose them in the religious, economic, media, and political fields. When some of their representatives are accused of corruption, they are also diabolized and cut off from the institution. The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (Iurd) is the most eloquent case dealt with in this article. Based on the systematic research of the literature on the subject, the text succinctly addresses the different phases and historical faces of the Devil in the West and particularly in Brazil and its economic and political implications, with attention focused on how it is viewed and represented contemporaneously by the Brazilian neo-Pentecostal denominations, especially the Iurd.

Palavras-chave : Devil; erudite culture and popular culture; Neopentecostalism; Universal Church of the Kingdom of God.

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