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Souperism was a phenomenon of the Irish Great Famine. Protestant Bible societies set up schools in which starving children were fed, on the condition of receiving Protestant religious instruction at the same time. Its practitioners were reviled by the Catholic families who had to choose between Protestantism and starvation. People who converted for food were known as "soupers", "jumpers", and "cat breacs". In the words of their peers, they "took the soup". Although souperism was a rare phenomenon, it had a lasting effect on the popular memory of the Famine. It blemished the relief work by Protestants who gave aid without proselytising, and the rumour of souperism may have discouraged starving Catholics from attending soup kitchens for fear of betraying their faith.

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  • El soparismo (Souperism en inglés) fue una práctica que tuvo lugar en Irlanda durante la gran hambruna, y cuyas acciones fueron llevadas a cabo por miembros de la iglesia protestante, los cuales servían alimentos en los colegios a aquellos niños desnutridos que aceptasen convertirse al protestantismo. Tal proceder no era bien visto por las familias católicas, puesto que se veían obligados a elegir entre renunciar a su fe o morir de inanición.​​ Respecto a los que accedieron a convertirse, pasaron a ser denominados como "soperos" entre otros términos más despectivos.​ En palabras de sus semejantes: "[ellos] tomaron la sopa".​​ Aunque fue un fenómeno inusual, tuvo un gran efecto en la memoria colectiva de todos aquellos que sufrieron la hambruna. De hecho, hubo quienes vieron con recelo la buena fe de algunos protestantes que sí se ofrecieron a asistir a los hambrientos sin necesidad de recurrir al proselitismo, mientras que por parte de los católicos, optaron por rechazar la sopa por temor a traicionar su fe.​​ (es)
  • Souperism was a phenomenon of the Irish Great Famine. Protestant Bible societies set up schools in which starving children were fed, on the condition of receiving Protestant religious instruction at the same time. Its practitioners were reviled by the Catholic families who had to choose between Protestantism and starvation. People who converted for food were known as "soupers", "jumpers", and "cat breacs". In the words of their peers, they "took the soup". Although souperism was a rare phenomenon, it had a lasting effect on the popular memory of the Famine. It blemished the relief work by Protestants who gave aid without proselytising, and the rumour of souperism may have discouraged starving Catholics from attending soup kitchens for fear of betraying their faith. (en)
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  • Souperism was a phenomenon of the Irish Great Famine. Protestant Bible societies set up schools in which starving children were fed, on the condition of receiving Protestant religious instruction at the same time. Its practitioners were reviled by the Catholic families who had to choose between Protestantism and starvation. People who converted for food were known as "soupers", "jumpers", and "cat breacs". In the words of their peers, they "took the soup". Although souperism was a rare phenomenon, it had a lasting effect on the popular memory of the Famine. It blemished the relief work by Protestants who gave aid without proselytising, and the rumour of souperism may have discouraged starving Catholics from attending soup kitchens for fear of betraying their faith. (en)
  • El soparismo (Souperism en inglés) fue una práctica que tuvo lugar en Irlanda durante la gran hambruna, y cuyas acciones fueron llevadas a cabo por miembros de la iglesia protestante, los cuales servían alimentos en los colegios a aquellos niños desnutridos que aceptasen convertirse al protestantismo. (es)
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  • Souperism (en)
  • Soparismo (es)
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