Rafael Rodriguez Contreras

Jasinto Perez loved to dance with my pig Casilda every morning. But she stepped on my callus so I can’t dance anymore.

Toluca, August 23, 1939

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*** Vargas and his wife Evarista Ramirez almost turned their toes up when their friend Macarias put on a skeleton outfit, got in the mask shop and yelled at them.

Guanajuato, June 24, 1938

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Miraculous Child of Atocha, I pay you back with this retablo for protecting me from the devil who appeared on my way, but you chased him away. Thank you.

Casildo Villa
Puebla, on July 9, 1939

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Vulmaro Ramirez thanks with this retablo for saving him from the attack of the crocodile girl who got in my house and scared me.

Mexico, July 11, 1974

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I, Timoteo Rodriguez Garcia, and his relatives dedicate this retablo because we almost drown in the strong current trying to cross the Rio Bravo following the American Dream before Donald Trump would build the wall. Crazy fucked up gringo, racist, ku-klux-klan, his whole country is Mexico, bald fatso. Long live the Mexican workers!

Los Angeles, California
June 18, 2017

Virgin of San Juan, I dedicate you this ex-voto. I fell of the train, but nothing serious happened. Jasinto Robledo gives thanks.

Zacatecas, 6th November, 1939

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Thank you, Saint Sebastian, for helping us in our relationship. It’s tough because our families are against our love. Amapola Ruiz and Enriqueta Vazquez give thanks.

Mexico, 4th April, 1990

I thank Saint James for saving me. I was going back to the village, when the earth trembled and cracked under me.I fell off the horse. I thank nothing serious happened with me.

Ilario Rodriguez
Guanajuato, August 18, 1938

Lord of the Column, I, Esmeralda Lara, medicate this retablo to you. I was in love with Angelica Pilar but was afraid to open my feelings to her and be rejected, but you helped me.

March 7, 1980

Calixto Varrera and Carmen saw a flying hat in the sky. It chased us till the Zumpango laguna.

Zumpango, April 7, 1940

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Gregorio Rosas thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe for saving him. I was taming a lion in the circus and he got angry and attacked me. But you, Holy Virgin, protected and saved me.

Mexico City — October 25, 1977

Juaquin Meares brings this retablo. Very angry flying animals got to my house and I’m so lonely and gay but kicked them out.

Mexico, September 9, 1977

I, Angelica Pilar Relles, dedicate this ex-voto to the Virgin of Guadalupe because I work as a whore in Merced, and there are robberies, the police, pimps, clients, illnesses in my life, and the Virgin helps me.

January 9, 1979