Ray Michael Baca was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1959, and grew up in the small town of Bernalillo. He attended
Navajo Community College in Tsaile, Arizona, and Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and since 1981 has made his career
in the business sector.
Brotherhood of the Light
Brotherhood of the Light follows the lives of three men from one family who lived in different centuries but were inexorably
bound by the legacy of a cross that was brought from the Old World to the New. A relic that had come to prominence at the
battle for Granada, when Spain united to expel the Moors.
Descendants of Sephardic Jews who fled the Inquisition in Spain, the family joined Los Hermanos Penitentes. This secretive
society of lay Catholic men in Northern New Mexico, who believe in emulating Christ's Passion, his trial, his walk, and his
suffering upon the cross at the end of each Lenten season, was used for a dozen generations as a shield by the family to disguise
their Crypto-Jewish identity while they struggled with the legacy bestowed them.
Moving seamlessly between the past and present, weaving together the intricacies of religious fundamentalism, unwavering
faith, and a true passion for knowing one's past, Ray Michael Baca takes us on a journey into the stark, beautiful desert,
and the romantic valley of the Rio Grande, where Spanish dreams and Native souls have clashed and then lived as neighbors
for 400 years.
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