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Benei Sión

Benei Sión, also known as Sabatarios and Cabañistas in Chile, are an ethno-religious group that believe in the Iglesia del Nuevo Pacto (Church of the New Pact). The group originated in Chile where it had by 1994 around 6000 members but is present since the early 1950s in Argentina where it had by 1994 3000 members. It has been proposed that the group derives from cryptojews active in colonial Chile. While originating in the Araucanía Region of Chile the group deny to be Mapuche (Araucanian). One leader has been quoted saying "We are Jews and that's how we feel, because we have the same aspirations as the Jewish people".


  • Bargman, Daniel Fernando. 1994. Entre el Cristianismo y el Judaísmo: La Iglesia Israelita del Nuevo Pacto. University of Buenos Aires.
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