popular RELIGIONS, BELIEFS and practices--sometimes referred to as "LITTLE TRADITIONS"--which operate alongside and often in opposition to a dominant religious TRADITION which is the official religion of a SOCIETY. Such religions often involve magic, healing, prophetic movements and local charismatic leaders or healers. Folk religion is often regarded as a threat by the dominant tradition which may take active steps to suppress its practice.

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