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La Morada de Garcia

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c. 1860. West of Costilla County C, .15 mile north of Costilla County B

This stuccoed adobe hall, a gathering place for members of the Penitente sect, has been reinforced with a concrete apron and buttresses. The gable roof is sheathed in metal, with adobe gable ends. The L configuration shelters a statue of Jesus dragging a cross. The Penitentes, an all-male sect once outlawed by the Catholic Church for their practice of extreme penance with self-flagellation and even crucifixions, have in recent years been accepted as a social, political, and spiritual fraternity. This reconciliation, aimed at encouraging men to participate in church activities, is demonstrated by this morada's location next to Sacred Heart Church.

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Thomas J. Noel
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Thomas J. Noel, "La Morada de Garcia", [San Luis, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/CO-01-CT15.

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