Penitentes (New Mexico) | culture

Culture

In the novel Brave New World, the Penitentes are shown in a video at a school, which causes the class to laugh at their rituals.[1] They are also compared to savages in the 1946 foreword by Aldous Huxley.[2]

The 1936 roadshow exploitation film Lash of the Penitentes combines old footage of the Penitente's ritual flagellation with new footage about a murder.

The novel Dayspring (1945) by Harry Sylvester depicts an anthropologist who studies the Penitentes and eventually joins them.[3]

Fray Angelico Chavez titled his book on New Mexico My Penitente Land.

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