The Multi-Polarity of Angolan Pentecostalism

Connections and Belongings


  • Natalia Zawiejska Jagiellonian University, Cracow
  • Linda van de Kamp Universiteit van Amsterdam



Connections, Angolan Pentecostalism, Lusophony, Africanness, Diaspora


This article discusses the national framing of Angolan Pentecostalism from the perspective of connections. It analyses how Angola matters as a centre of inspiration for different Pentecostal churches and networks precisely by engaging different religious imaginaries, social memories and anticipations of the future that operate in a variety of ethnic, African and Lusophone spaces. In doing so, this contribution aims at overcoming both the understanding of global Pentecostalism through a national and diasporic lens as well as a universal lens, underscoring the multi-polarity of Angolan Pentecostalism. The connections that Angolan Pentecostalisms create between places and cultures involve different transnational circuits that cultivate diverse cultural, economic and political imaginations and belongings. The possibilities for bridging and bonding that different Pentecostal connections offer generate new relationships, imaginations, rituals and the circulation of ideas. We suggest that Angolan Pentecostalism might be seen as a multi-polar force of multi-directional connections, which dynamics and intensity oscillates, depending on the location and movement of a Pentecostal group in the global geography of power, in postcolonial territorial and social settings, and on modes of appropriating and making Lusophone heritages.

Author Biographies

Natalia Zawiejska, Jagiellonian University, Cracow

Natalia Zawiejska specializes in social anthropology and sociology of religion. She works at the Institute for the Study of Religion at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. While working at ICS UL in Lisbon and as visiting scholar at SOAS in London she was conducting research on Angolan evangelical churches in Angola and Europe.

Linda van de Kamp, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Linda van de Kamp is a cultural anthropologist and assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam. She carries out interdisciplinary research on urban transformations, religion and ritual, and industrial and cultural heritage. Recent publications include her book Violent Conversion: Brazilian Pentecostalism and Urban Women in Mozambique (James Currey, 2016).


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How to Cite

Zawiejska, N., & van de Kamp, L. (2018). The Multi-Polarity of Angolan Pentecostalism: Connections and Belongings. PentecoStudies, 17(1), 12–36.