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Jose Morales Rodriguez, the person acknowledged as the principal founder of the Cheos, began preaching while still in his teens what he considered the tenets of the Catholic faith to his fellow jibaros (peasant farmers and sharecroppers) in 1902, four years after the invasion.
In virtually all cases the Hermanos Cheos did their preaching among the poor and illiterate in isolated areas, using forms of popular religion that were the basis of peasant religiosity.
These informal get-togethers were ready-made for the Hermanos Cheos, who would join in the reunions and at the end of the recitation of the rosary would ask for permission to speak.
By 1913, eleven years after their foundation, the Cheos had thirty chapels.
Priests were impressed with the Cheos' work of attracting persons who were notable to go to distant urban parishes.
The fact that the Hermanos Cheos movement had its foci at a number of chapels in the mountains, also attests to the need to qualify the crisis and response model.
But one wishes for a more detailed analysis, one that considers the consequences of discursive practices at the grassroots level, if it were possible, and for an account that considers alternative or coadjutant explanations for the exhaustion of Cheos in contrast to the vitality of Pentecostalism.(9)
Historia de los hermanos Cheos (Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1979), the best known of the two accounts dealing with jibaro religiosity at the turn of the century written by priests.
The devotional tradition of the Hermanos Cheos did not disappear wholly from Catholicism.