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The Penitente Brotherhood: Patriarchy and Hispano-Catholicism in New Mexico
The Penitente brotherhood of New Mexico soared in popularity during the early nineteenth century. Local chapters of the brotherhood, always exclusively male, met in specially constructed buildings (called moradas) to conduct their business and engaged in a variety of religious rituals, including flagellation. The traditional view, still very much accepted, is that Penitent ...more
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published October 9th 2002 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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This book is a treasure – a work by a careful historian who writes exquisitely well. It’s also a sharp refutation of both Willa Cather and art historians who believe they don’t need to base their interpretations on history as well as religious objects’ appearance. Carroll carefully refutes both Cather’s Francophile aspersions of a local priest and art history’s too-pat conclusions about centuries of faith and practices among local people.