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Hallelujah is a syncretistic religion that originated in (British) Guyana among the Carib-speaking Macushi Indians shortly before 1900. It combines elements of indigenous South American shamanism and beliefs in nature spirits with biblical teachings of the Anglican missionaries who worked among the Indians during the second half of the 19th century. Abel, its founder, had lived with the Anglican priests, who even took him to England for a short time. On his return, he had a vision in which he met God in heaven and was ordered to dance in his honor. Benjamin, an Indian of the related Patamona tribe, was converted by Abel and built the first Hallelujah church in his village, where the Indians began to dance in honor of God. Soon the ...

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