The Penitente Brotherhood
Patriarchy and Hispano-Catholicism in New Mexico
By (author) Michael P. Carroll
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Penitente Brotherhood by Michael P. Carroll
Book 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 Hispanos 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 noticeable 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 not 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 Hispanos of their land.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801870552
(229mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael P. Carroll
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Shedding new light on lived religion in America, Carroll moves an entire academic field in new, exciting directions and challenges his fellow scholars to open their minds and eyes to develop fresh interpretations of American religious history.
Cult of the Virgin Mary, Paperback (April 1992)
Tracing devotion to Mary to psychological and historical processes that began in the fifth century, this title answers questions: What explains the many reports of Marian apparitions over the centuries? Why has the Marian cult always been stronger in certain geographical areas than in others?
Madonnas That Maim, Hardback (April 1992)» View all books by Michael P. Carroll
"This is an excellent summary of the most recent literature on the subject (especially of studies in Italian); and it is also a superb compendium of specific religious practices and of scholarly approaches to them." -- "Journal of Modern History"
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Author Biography - Michael P. Carroll
Michael 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.
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