Cultures of Devotion Folk Saints of Spanish America

ISBN-10: 0195171306

ISBN-13: 9780195171303

Edition: 2006

Authors: Frank Graziano

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Spanish America has produced numerous "folk saints" -- venerated figures regarded as miraculous but not officially recognized by the Catholic Church. Some of these have huge national cults with hundreds -- perhaps millions -- of devotees. In this book Frank Graziano prvides the first overview in any language of these saints, offering in-depth studies of the beliefs, rituals, and devotions surrounding seven representative figures. These case studies are illuminated by comparisons tosome hundred additional saints from contemporary Spanish America. Among the six primary cases are Difunta Correa, at whose shrines devotees offer bottles of water and used auto parts in commemoration of her tragic death in the Argentinian desert. Gaucho Gil is only one of many gaucho saints, whosecharacteristic narrative involves political injustice and Robin-Hood crimes on behalf of the exploited people. The widespread cult of the Mexican saint Nino Fidencio is based on faith healing performed by devotees who channel his powers. Nino Compadrito is an elegantly dressed skeleton of a child, whose miraculous powers are derived in part from an Andean belief in the power of the skull of one who has suffered a tragic death. Graziano draws upon site visits and extensive interviews withdevotees, archival material, media reports, and documentaries to produce vivid portraits of these fascinating popular movements. In the process he sheds new light on the often fraught relationship between orthodox Catholicism and folk beliefs and on an important and little-studied facet of the dynamicculture of contemporary Spanish America.
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.320
Language: English

Frank Graziano is John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. His most recent books are Wounds of Love and Cultures of Devotion.

San La Muerte
Gaucho Gil
Sarita Colonia
Difunta Correa
Nino Fidencio
Nino Compadrito
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