Transitions and Changes in the Spirituality of Migrants: A Case Study with Rural Youth from Peru


The paper presents the first step of a research focused on the spiritual experience of a group of young people from rural extraction who have migrated to an urban context to pursue higher studies. This research, which follows the grounded theory model, is based on a set of semi-structured interviews as well as the longitudinal analysis of various cohorts of students of Andean and Amazonian origin, in the period 2016-2022. Through this work, the authors will intend to explore a series of categories related to: a) the processes of cultural transition and the way in which they are interwoven in human displacements in the same territorial space, b) the phenomena of beliefs in supernatural entities rooted in the forces of nature and, c) the way in which these beliefs survive in a “postmodern” environment. Through this analysis, it is possible to explore the intercultural dialogue that occurs from the origin of these beliefs, already hybridized by rural Christianity, to which myths and stories of contemporary global society are superimposed. As a result, religious and spiritual practices evolved in various types of agency over reality, different and alternative to those of the traditional molds of Christian popular religiosity.


Juan Dejo
Vicepresident of Research, Philosophy & Theology, University Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Lima, Peru

Mariana Dupuy
Teacher, Humanities, Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Lima, Peru


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Religious Community and Socialization


Andean Spirituality, Amazonian Spirituality, Hybridization, Syncretism, Cultural Transition, Intercultural

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