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- DescriptionThe 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 Penitente spirituality was a continuation of pietistic practices brought to the New World from Spain by Franciscan missionaries in the sixteenth century. In this book sociologist of religion Michael Carroll argues that the movement in factdeveloped much later. There is in fact little evidence that Hispas in pre-1770 New Mexico were particularly religious, and indeed the usual hallmarks of popular Catholicism -such as apparitions, cults organized around miraculous images, or pilgrimage-are ticeable by their absence. Carroll traces the rise of the Penitentes to social changes, including the Bourbon reforms, that undermined patriarchal authority and thereby threatened a system that was central to the social organization of late colonial New Mexico. Once established, the Penitentes came to incorporate a number of organizational elements t found in traditional confraternities. As a result, Carroll concludes, Penitente membership facilitated the rise of the modern in New Mexico and-however unintentionally-made it that much easier, after the territory's annexation by the United States, for the Anglo legal system to dispossess Hispas of their land.
- Author BiographyMichael P. Carroll is a professor of sociology at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of Madonnas that Main, Veiled Threats, and Irish Pilgrimage, all available from Johns Hopkins.
- PrizesCommended for Association of American Publishers/Professional and Scholarly Publishing: Sociology and Anthropology 2003.
- Author(s)Michael P. Carroll
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2002
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note16, 2 maps, 14 black & white halftones
- Weight522 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Interest AgeFrom 17
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