En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas of New Mexico
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:Unknown - Univ of New Mexico Pr
By: Michael Wallis
The Penitente Brotherhood, formally known as La Fraternidad Piadosa de Nuestro Pradre Jesus Nazareno, is a lay Catholic Organization unique to New Mexico and southern Colorado. This book documents moradas, the buildings in which the Brothers meet and pray, and offers an intimate and respectful account of their religious observances. The Penitentes have been objects of intense curiousity ever since New Mexico became a tourist attraction, and they have guarded their privacy fiercely. This book respects the privacy of all members of the brotherhood. Quotations are anonymous: building locations are unidentified. But unlike previous melodramatic or scholarly accounts, Michael Wallis's straightforward text and Craig Varjabedian's unadorned photos capture the deep piety of the brothers and their complex relationship with their history and the modern world. For these 'hermanos,' keeping their tie to the morada is to keep alive their history, their culture, as well as to express a deep piety.