On the Day of the Dead Cleotilde and I went to the mass. We met skeletons who had got out to celebrate. We ran to the church and prayed some rosaries for the souls of the skeletons. We thank the Virgin of San Juan because when we left the church, the skeletons had already turned back to their graves.

I dedicate this retablo to the Miraculous Virgin, because thanks to her I met a group of very nice friends who invited me to drink sparkling wine with them. Then they tattooed all my body for very little money, and after they gave me a nice hat.

Every night Alicia Montoya had a dream about a devil raping her. She prayed to Saint Patrick, and the nightmares stopped. She thanks for that with this retablo.

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The day Roberto and I were going to get married he suddenly felt scared and decided to run away. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan that I noticed it in time and caught him. I drag him back to the church where we got happily married. With so many people he just couldn’t run away again.

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I dedicate this retablo to the Virgin of Carmen so that the american people would elect John McCain as president because he is a patriot who often goes in the restaurant, where my son works, in Phoenix, Arizona.

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My daughters played with jumping ropes outside. Soledad got tangled in the rope and fell hitting her head. She lost consciousness. I asked the Holy Child of Atocha so that she wouldn’t have her head broken. And the X-rays made by the doctor showed that she was alright. I thank for that.

On the Day of the Dead, I went out to see if my son was coming home from school. Since our home was beside the cemetery, I found out that the skeletons left their graves. They were very happily walking by the street. All the people in the town hid in the houses. We thank the Virgin of Guadalupe because the next day the skeletons came back to the cemetery and rested in peace.

We thank Jesus for creating Pong-Tron.

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My son Ramiro was taken by the current. He didn’t know how to swim. But the Virgin of Zapopan send a brave and intelligent dog who saved him before he would have drowned.

Francisca Rodriguez Perez

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Mr. Arturo Domingues suffered because his daughter was an easy chick. He was afraid that one day she could get pregnant by some guy. He thanks Saint James because his daughter finally changed for better and amended her ways.

When Matilda Corona went to gather some prickly pears, a nagual appeared to her. The nagual started to persuade her to go with him and he promised her a treasure. Matilda thanks the Virgin of Guadalupe because she realized that the nagual was lying. She didn’t accept his proposition and so she didn’t fall in his trap. Matilda came back home, and the nagual never bother her since.

April 14, 1968

The brothers Leopoldo and Agustin Suarez offer this retablo to the Virgin of San Juan thanking her, because they were rescued from the collapsed town mine, when they didn’t expect to be saved.

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May you be praised, God and the Virgin of Guadalupe. I was swimming on the Zihuatanejo beach, when suddenly two mermaids dragged me to the bottom of the sea. I thought I was going to drown, because I had no air to breathe. Then one mermaid kissed me, and I fainted. When I awoke, I was lying on the sand on the beach.

Amador Ramirez
August 2, 1986