Holy Brotherhood: Romani Music in a Hungarian Pentecostal Church

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The Isten Gyülekezet in
Hungarian Society

Brother Horváth 's Conversion

Brother Horváth, the leader of the IG congregation, became involved in Pentecostalism when the Soviet army occupied Hungary at the end of World War II. He told me was attending gymnasium in preparation to become a Lutheran pastor. His schooling ended abruptly with the occupation, and he encountered Pentecostals while he was fleeing the army.

SH: My turn toward God first happened in my historical denomination. It happened in the Lutheran church, when I was a student, in 1942. There was an evangelization at our school for the youth, and there I went forward for the first time to receive the Lord Jesus, as a youth. In 1942, I was sixteen years old.

BRL:This was in the large Lutheran gymnasium?

SH: Yes, yes. There was a big evangelization in the gymnasium for the students, three days. And there I decided that I would receive the Lord Jesus. God's mercy really penetrated my heart. At that time, the Savior's mercy touched my heart and I gave my heart to the Lord Jesus. And then I decided at the request of my mother that I would obey her, so that if I graduated, I would choose the career path of theology, of a Lutheran pastor. I prepared for this, but in 1944 when the war was raging here in our country, after graduating I went to Sopron [in western Hungary]. I was only therefor three months and then the Russians came in and took us students away to work. So I was only in theology for three months and then they took us into captivity, into [forced] labor. And after two months of captivity I escaped, many of us escaped. And while fleeing, I arrived in Somogy county, in the village of Somogygeszti [in southwest Hungary] as a refugee. It was evening and I asked for lodging. My path led to a family of believers, an elderly family of believers, where I got lodging. And in the evening they went to the house of worship and I went with them to their house of worship. They were very simple people. I only thought of the Gospel as coming from the lips

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Note on Textual and Musical Transcriptions ix
  • Pronunciation Guide and Orthography for the Hungarian and Romani Languages xi
  • List of Abbreviations xiii
  • Holy Brotherhood 1
  • Introduction 3
  • 1 - The Isten Gyülekezet in Hungarian Society 21
  • 2 - Instrumental Music, Charisma, and Church Leadership 47
  • 3 - Mediating Moralities: an Ethnographer's Interpretation 69
  • 4 - The Holy Spirit and Song Composition 84
  • 5 - Roma and the Hívő éNekek 107
  • 6 - The Politics of Nineteenth- Century Gospel Hymns 131
  • 7 - Stigma and Stereotype 149
  • Conclusion 165
  • Appendix - Recordings, Interviews, and Personal Communications 173
  • Glossary 175
  • Notes 179
  • Bibliography 187
  • Index 199
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