posted on Jan, 18 2010 @ 03:41 AM
im not sure about in other countries but in spain, catholics have brotherhoods or "hermandades"
the article says that the surname precedes the the famous hermandad de argüelles (which is in madrid). suggesting that the brotherhood got its name
from this particular area (vecilla, to the north)
it then lists several famous people with that name.
the brotherhood thing is common in spain. they are usually made up of serious catholics. during holy days and festivals, they march statues through
the streets (very expensive ones) and dress up in hoods, they sometimes look like klu klux klan members although the groups have nothing in common.
they arent really all that secret. they are more of a way to raise money for the church. sometimes they are competitive, in the past they used to be
militant, but that was to protect pilgrims who wished to visit the shrines. some of the brotherhoods too are very old.
mostly today they get dressed up and march statues. they will flick wax on you from their candles if you cross their procession so watch out
google "semana santa" in google pictures and you will see some of them marching