Milagros: Votive Offerings from the Americans
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Votive Offerings from the Americans

By Martha J. Egan

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Format: Paperback, 132 pages
Other Information: 46 colour & duotone plates
Published In: United States, 10 July 2003
A driving force in folk religion, milagros or ex-votos, are found in cathedrals, humble chapels in rural areas and roadside shrines across Latin America. This book traces the use and artistry of these small objects, which are offered to saints and other popular deities by Latin Americans in return for favours or answered prayers.

About the Author

Martha Egan


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''

EAN: 9780890132203
ISBN: 0890132208
Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Press
Dimensions: 20.32 x 16.15 x 1.07 centimeters (0.30 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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