. For instance, Gloria's Grandfather was in the catholic "Penitente" sect. Basically these guys would go around these small little towns, a few of which we visited (Chimayo, Las Trampas) and self-flagellate themselves. The Roman Catholic church banned this sect in 1898. Thus it became an underground sect or secret society type thing. These dudes would eventually end up in these little one room adobe's and rumor has it that they'd crucify someone. That someone obviously didn't bleed to death because these towns or villages rather, were so damn small that everyone one would figya it out soon enuf. I've seen this done before via the boob tube, in the Philippines. So it ain't nothin' too unique or at least not to the catholics.
I also mentioned the tibetan/hopi thing and Gloria knew lots and lots about that! Basically native american spiritual leaders have been having meetings with the Dalai Lama regarding the "Mayan prophecy" that prophesizes that the world will end in 2012. Shit! I was hoping it wouldn't happen in my lifetime. Well, French Polynesia would probably be the safest place to be that year so maybe I can arrange a way to move to New Caledonia.
Anyway, this stuff is really interesting to me and I'll probably end up buying loads more books about Santa Fe etc. Did a quick google search on the internet and the Mayan calander seems very complex which this prophecy is based on.
Back to Santa FE. On the last night of our stay my mom and I were invited to a house warming cocktail party at my friend Jasmine's apartment/adobe. Jasmine is currently serving in Americorps working for a non-profit that unites all the indigenous populations from around the world. It is headed by a former senator's wife. She's very happy working there which, as cliche as it sounds, makes me very happy. She's one of my best friends and the only person I know who is of my generation, happy with their career. GO JASMINE! So I got her an Aaron Carter card to prove it. Anyway she's also the only person who's jealous of my adventure to Cameroon. HAha. ANyway Jasmine has a roommate named JOrdie, whom I'd met the night before. JOrdie's MA came along to the party . Jordie's family is Hispanic meaning SPanish-Spanish, descendants of the conquistadors and possible Sephardic Jews. Jordie's mom was very very interesting and totally embodied my image of a true Santa Fean. She ( I Forgot her name, let's just call her Gloria) enlightened me on some very freaky going-on's of Santa Fe