Western History & Genealogy Blog

Hispanics of Colorado

The Hermanos Penitentes of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico

Procession of Hermanos Penitentes, Z-6120
Hermanos Penitentes, AUR-2196
Whips of the Hermanos Penitentes, 6118

Newspapers once called the Penitente community “a ‘secret’ and ‘strange mountain cult’ enacted by ‘swart hot-eyed Mexicans and half-breeds’ that needed to be exposed” (