I was in a rage after I had heard that Maria had neglected me and had decided to marry my best friend Artemio. The goddamn Devil climbed up on me and I stabbed Artemio. But when I saw death coming after him and when I realized that all this was only an infamous slender I prayed to God for saving Artemio’s life. In repentance I ask God for forgiveness and I offer this retablo for saving Artemio from death.

Elijio
Xochimilco, Mexico, 1950

Virgin of San Juan, I thank you for healing me because I had problems with my heart. I ask you to take care of my son also, as he chose to follow the family tradition.

Alberto and Rodrigo from the Atayde Brothers Circus
January 25, 1992

Señor Bruno Camargo went to visit his brother’s grave and then he felt like having a meal right on the tomb. Bruno thanks Saint Bruno because his late brother appeared to him and they had a nice chat like in old times when his brother had been alive.

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Saint Jude Thaddaeus, I thank you, for I find an inspiration in wrestling to create paintings about tradition and fantasies of my Mexico that lives with folk tradition.

From Mexico to entire world.
A(lfredo) V(ilchis) R(oque)
Alley of miracles, Minas de Cristo. 2009

I was on my way to my grandmother to show her her new great-grandchild when the terrible hail storm began. I entrusted myself and my baby to the Virgin of Guadalupe. Thanks to her the hail didn’t touch us. It was hailing very badly behind us but we were going like in a bubble that protected us. We arrived at the house of my grandmother like this and I give thanks for such a miracle.

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Carlitos Perez fell into the well trying to reach his ball, and the dog, who was very brave and smart, jumped after him, took the boy out from the water and kept him afloat until his older brothers came down to save him. The Carlitos family thanks the Virgin of San Juan because the boy is fine, and also they thanks for having such a valiant dog.

Fernando Perez worked as snake charmer. One day he wanted to kiss a cobra but the snake bit his mouth. Since his condition was very dangerous he entrusted himself to Saint Charbel. Fernando thanks him for saving his life.

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I thank because I gave birth to my child, in the way my ancestors did. And it went good. No medic wanted to deliver, and everybody kept telling me that risks are very high. So I had to go to my mother in the village and to give birth there. I entrusted myself and prayed for my son. Now I’m thanking you.

Guadalupe
Teotihuacan
May 11, 1998

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Virgin of Guadalupe, I offer you this retablo because I met a man who fell in love with me and saved me from the life of whore.

Marta Luna
Merced, Mexico City, 1990

My son Miguel didn’t pay any attention at the class and only dreamt about superheroes. The teacher was always angry with him because he didn’t learn and I started to preoccupied that my little son would stay stupid forever. Thanks to Our Lady of Zapopan, who heard my prayers, the teacher was changed, and the new one brought to Miguel comic books about superheroes. He started to read them with interest and learned to read quite rapidly. I offer this retablo to the Virgin.

Virgin of Guadalupe, I dedicate this retablo to you for saving my life twice. First time in a skirmish with federals, and second time, when we were going on a train and I almost fell on railroad tracks but you saved me.

Ruperto Diaz
Guanajuato
July 9, 1916

One night some martians landed on my farm. They got in my room through the window. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for they didn’t abduct me or my dog that didn’t even wake up. One of my slippers is all they took.

My bed became possessed by a devil who arrived every night to sleep in it. And I had to sleep in the living room in a very uncomfortable position because I didn’t know what to do. Until one night my cat saw the devil’s tail and tried to eat it thinking it was a snake. My cat bit it, and the devil jumped out of the bed screaming like hell. After that he never came back. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for giving my bed back because it has such a soft mattress that I bought in Guadalajara.

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