The penitentes of the Southwest have been the subject of much desultory discussion and writing, and this is a straightforward though rather slight account of them. The author starts with an eye-witness account of a Lenten series of ritual, the flagellants' procession, the services in the Morada. The crucifixion she believes has been abolished. Then she gives the background of the sect, sources of their services, etc. Less sensational in presentation than usual. Appeal is limited -- try those interested in primitive cults and in the country.