April 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Simon Fraser University
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Alison Marshall

The talk will provide an overview of Filipino religiosity in Canada today. Dr. Marshall will draw on research participant narratives, archival research, and eldwork in Canada and the Philippines to explain the link between Filipino religious beliefs and practices, migration and belonging. In particular she will discuss research ndings that most Filipinos remain Catholic after migration and de ne themselves religiously through public and private devotion and practices and through af liations to certain churches, deities, saints, groups, and festivals. She will pay particular attention to the religious underside—the beliefs and practices which are often hidden. These might be a special coin conferring blessings and protection – an anting-anting – buried deep in a pocket. At other times the underside refers to private devotional or healing practices, including songs, prayers to religious and non-religious gures such as Santo Niño and Dr José Rizal, pilgrimages, and actual embraces of a saint’s image for intercession. In Canada, Santo Niño devotion at church and beyond it, along with Catholicism, has provided Filipinos with a nationalist spiritual identity that has enabled them to live apart from kin. The talk will end with a discussion of the future of Filipino religiosity in Canada.

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