Wow!!! I didn't really expect to get a response anytime soon because I realized afterwards the thread was kind of dated.
Thank you for the background information on the Spanish Inquisition.So Crypto? Jews are the same as Sephardic Jews. Although I have done some reading, I have not done any in depth studying on it. From my very limited understanding, Crypto Jews fled Rome, and went Portugal, Spain, Mexico, USA etc. basically, for their very survival and to avoid further persecution, sometimes pretending to be of another faith. I'm not really sure though.
Not meaning to minimize their experience, but it sort of reminds me of a similar experience, though definitely not the same, of African slaves who were taken to Cuba who practiced their Yoruba (Orishas) religion secretly to avoid harsh punishments.Yoruba religious practices were eventually combined with Catholism to form a syncratic (not sure if spelled right)religion called Santeria. Thanks again. -djarrett