I Was And I Am Dust: Penitente Practices as a Way of Knowing by David M. Mellott

By David M. Mellott

There are a number of humans, practices, and celebrations within the Catholic Church. every now and then a few of these should be pushed aside too simply as severe, superstitious, or uninformed. Such is the case with the Penitentes of latest Mexico. In I used to be and i'm Dust, David M. Mellott stocks his reports of the Penitentes as an interloper. He explains their struggles with the institutional church, and a few of the possible severe rituals they facilitate in the course of Holy Week. in the course of the voice of Larry Torres, one of many senior participants of the Penitentes, Mellott poignantly presents readers with a extra intimate photo of this neighborhood of practitioners.

Yet a lot more than an research written through an intruder, this paintings makes an attempt to appreciate the event of these inside of a bunch whose practices are thought of outdoors the mainstream. With Mellott and Torres, readers should be shocked to find a intensity of which means in those practices and to achieve the great thing about being dust.

David M. Mellott is assistant professor of functional theology and director of ministerial formation at Lancaster Theological Seminary, the place he teaches classes in philosophy, ethnography, and theology of ministry. he's dedicated to aiding and nurturing Christian groups that empower humans to reside extra authentically as they search to like God, neighbor, and self extra deeply.

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