Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico by Frank GrazianoMiraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico by Frank Graziano

Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico

byFrank Graziano

Paperback | December 16, 2015

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Mexican statues and paintings like the Virgen de Guadalupe and the Senor de Chalma are endowed with sacred presence and the power to perform miracles. Millions of devotees visit their shrines to request miracles for health, employment, children, and countless everyday matters. When miraclesare granted, devotees reciprocate with votive offerings. Collages, photographs, documents, texts, milagritos, hair and braids, clothing, retablos, and various representative objects cover walls at many shrines.Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico explores such petitionary devotion in depth through extensive fieldwork supported by research in a vast body of interdisciplinary scholarship. The study's principal themes include sacred power and human agency, reification, projective animation, faithas a cognitive filter, sacred power transfer, social and narrative construction, positive framing, collaborative and deferred control, vows (juramentos), and miracle attribution.The book is written in two alternating voices, one interpretive to provide an understanding of miracles, miraculous images, and votive offerings, and the other narrative to illustrate the interpretive chapters and to bring the reader closer to experiences at the shrines. Among the many miraculousimages treated in the book are the Cristo Negro de Otatitlan, Nino del Cacahuatito, Senor de Chalma, Senor de la Misericordia (Tepatitlan), Senor del Rayo, Senor de las Tres Caidas (Teotilalpam), Virgen de los Dolores de Soriano, Virgen de Guadalupe, Virgen del Pueblito, Virgen de Juquila, Virgen delos Remedios, Virgen de San Juan de los Lagos, Virgen de Talpa, Virgen de Tonatico, and Virgen de Zapopan.
Frank Graziano is John D. MacArthur Professor of Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College. His previous books include The Millennial New World, Wounds of Love: The Mystical Marriage of St. Rose of Lima, and Cultures of Devotion: Folk Saints of Spanish America.
Title:Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in MexicoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:December 16, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019979085X

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmetsPrefaceSenor del RayoMIRACULOUS IMAGESAmbiguityAttributesFaith, Presence, and PowerProjective AnimationPoetic FaithSimulacraOtatitl nPETITIONARY DEVOTIONVotive ExchangeReciprocityThe Miracle of Everyday LifeJuquilaSEEING THROUGH FAITHFaith as a Cognitive FilterMiracle AttributionMedical MiraclesMarcoCOLLABORATIONSSacred Power and Human AgencyDisclosureProximity and ContactJuramentosRemediosVOTIVE OFFERINGSTaxonomyAs Befits a House of GodThe Strange Life of ObjectsPresenceVotive TextsRetablosChalmaRESEARCH SITESNotes

Editorial Reviews

"Building on a series of accomplished studies of Latin American Catholicism, Frank Graziano offers readers of Miraculous Images and Votive Offerings in Mexico a beautifully written, clearly argued account of a key aspect of Catholic visual piety. He masterfully maps and explains the sprawlingcultural system of votive exchange, which accounts for miracles in everyday life in the pictorial language of petition and pledge. This book will quickly become a vital resource for students of religious images." --David Morgan, Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Duke University