Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas

Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americas

by Martna Egan
     
 

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Milagros are small objects offered to saints or popular images of deities in return for favors granted or prayers answered. They are found throughout Latin America, offered by the hundreds of thousands of devoted petitioners whose purchase or fabrication of these votive offerings continues an ancient folk practice. This is a bilingual presentation of seventy-five…  See more details below

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Milagros are small objects offered to saints or popular images of deities in return for favors granted or prayers answered. They are found throughout Latin America, offered by the hundreds of thousands of devoted petitioners whose purchase or fabrication of these votive offerings continues an ancient folk practice. This is a bilingual presentation of seventy-five milagros from around the world.

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Library Journal
This exquisite little book offers a brief history of milagros, Latin American religious offerings cum folk art. Establishing their connection to votive objects worldwide in pre-Christian times, then tracing their association with Catholic saints, Egan laments both the scant documenta tion of their earlier use and their recent decline as religious objects. The complete text is given in both English and Spanish, and printed on heavy colored stock. Most pleasing are the color and black-and- white photos, presenting not only the diversity of Latin American milagros but also their precursors and corollaries from around the world. Considering the growing availability of milagros in the United States, this book is recommended wherever there is patron interest in Southwestern/Latin American folk art. --Eric Bryant, ``Library Journal''

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780890132197
Publisher:
Museum of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
03/07/1991
Pages:
132

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