Flor Palomares

Gumersindo Jimenez went abroad for work as a boy. He gives thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe because he managed to make some money. He bought a carousel and returned back to his beloved Mexico to work with his family.

Zitacuaro, Michoacan

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Concepcion y Refugio Rosales, known as The Little Sparrows, from the bottom of their hearts, dedicate this retablo to the Virgin of the Solitude for endowing them with the gift of singing. Thanks to their voices the can help their family and they are much loved in the town.

Tlaxcala

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I thank Saint Anthony of Padua with this humble retablo because my Maclovio came back to the ranch. He had gone very far away to work, and everybody was telling me that he’d never come back. I’m glad he kept his word, so now we’re going to get married.

Nicolasa Gomez
Guadalajara

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At the Christmas party in the neighborhood I went to put some liquor in my punch. Since I was already tipsy I got into the piñata event and was kicked in the head. I give thanks to Saint James the Apostle because I got only the lump. I promise not to drink so much.

Serapio Esparza
Oaxaca, 1968

Juaquina P. was almost caught by her husband while chatting in private with a friend. Since her husband was very jealous, she hid the friend under the bed and entrusted herself to Saint Raymond. As it all ended well, she brings this retablo in gratitude.

Mexico City, 1925

One night I was selling cold beer at the wrestling arena. I was distracted and didn’t noticed that the wrestler Superpig jumped off the third rope and almost fell on me. I thank the Virgin of Juquilia because I stepped away in time. Otherwise he would have squashed me.

Severino Guzman
Oaxaca

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Jasinta Romero brings this retablo to Saint Nicholas because her puppy got better after her godfather’s mule had stamped on it.

Puebla, 1930

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The street salesman Bonifacio Ramirez found himself in a bad situation when in one house he was misunderstood and got beaten up with brooms and sticks. He thanks Saint Raymond for everything cleared up and didn’t get out of control.

Tehuacán, 1940

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The mariachi band “Sun of Tecamachalco” thanks Saint Cecily with this retablo because she finally made Lupita, our singer, understand that she was a horrible singer and with her howl we were only loosing clients and offers. Now we are better. Since Lupita dedicated herself to the trumpet we are very happy.

Tecamachalco, Puebla, 1953

I offer this humble retablo to the Archangel Michael so he would work the miracle that I could help my father with money to open his pottery shop since it was his childhood dream.

Teodora Morales
Tlaxcala, 1959

My boy Panchito ate a lot of sweets and felt severe pain in the stomach. Nothing helped him so I entrusted him to the Holy Child Doctor. With his divine help and with help of the doctor Panchito is feeling well now. I offer this retablo for that.

Serafina Muñoz

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I offer this retablo to the Lord of Chalma in a sign of gratitude for protecting me from a bull that I got in corrida and which happened to be very angry. I thought it would end badly for me on the bullfight-ring.

Porfirio Moctezuma
Oaxaca

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The ringmaster of “Circo Godinez” thanks Saint Rita of Cascia because his kids, Jacinta and Benjamin, had a successful debut with acrobatic stunts on the horses. They received a round of applause and felt very proud and happy for such a great achievement.

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