Source(s): Brothers of Light: The Penitentes of the Southwest
Alice Corbin Henderson (Author)
A description of traditional Spanish alabados, or hymns, that the Penitentes sang during their rituals.
Parts of the Penitente ritual have an ancestry of great age. This is particularly true of the alabados, or hymns, patiently written down in small copybooks or transmitted by memory. In verse forms these alabados have the earmarks of Fifteenth- or Six...