Gonzalo Hernández

Alicia Ramos brings the present retablo to Saint Paschal Baylon and thanks him for helping her to win the traditional cookies contest at the town day. Now she’s famous all over the state.

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Señorita Angelica Suarez was dusting books when scorpions began falling on her. She thanks Saint Rita with this retablo for having recovered after many stings.

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Genoveva Campos was performing a typical regional dance and fell off the stage. She thanks Saint Pancras with this retablo for not breaking her bones. She only felt little bit embarrassed.

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Agustin Fernandez was fishing in his boat, and a mermaid appeared to him. With great devotion, he thanks Saint Peter with this retablo for he managed to escape before falling for her charms.

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Señor Antonio Velez thanks Saint Nicholas for helping him to pass a professional lawyers exam, although he hadn’t been prepared very good. He brings the present retablo for such a particular favor.

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The brothers Pacheco, Luis and Susano, often fought. One day Guicho hit Chano in the head with their father’s drum. He thanks the Child of Atocha he wasn’t beaten to death.

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The worker Artemio Lopez brings the present retablo to Saint Nicholas thanking him for winning the Volkswagen factory’s lottery and getting a new car.

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Cayetana Dominguez was about to give birth and felt really bad because she had been scared by fighting carransistas. She thanks the Virgin of San Juan for her baby was born without complications.

Cholula, 1912

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Rafael A. thanks Saint Anthony of Padua with the present retablo because the model he used for his nudity pictures fell in love with him and they are lovers now.

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The shoemaker Carmelo Fernandez brings this retablo to Saint Jude Thaddeus thanking him for the artist Frida brought him a shoe to repair and then became his client.

Puebla, 1945

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Enrique Martinez was watching soccer with his lady. He was going mad and almost died chocking on a peanut. He thanks Saint Juan Bosch with this retablo because his wife knew about first aid and saved him.

At approaching San Andres Chalchicomula, Artemio Dominguez met an extraterrestrial who tried to abduct him. But since Artemio was faithfully devoted to Saint Pancras, he implored the saint and could escape, along with his horse and dog, from this horror. He brings this retablo thanking for that.

1970

November, Day of the Dead, a unrested ghost appeared to me. I immediately sobered up and prayed Saint Michael whom I thank now for protecting me so I can escape this danger.

Lucas Perez
Cholula, 1917