Saint James the Apostle


The other night my friend and I went to the bar to drink some tequilas. But we lost control, and after a while got so drunk and sentimental talking about our fails in love that when we realized what was going on we were pretty close to each another and ready to kiss. We thank Saint James the Apostle for we got our conscience back and didn’t do it. We remain being friends as usual.

Lucio & Ramiro ~ Jalisco, Mexico

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Isidro Romero was almost caught by his girlfriend’s brothers who wanted to force him to marry her. He’s infinitely grateful to Saint James for they didn’t catch him and he escape safely from such a dangerous trouble.

Puebla, 1917

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When I was very young, I had a beautiful experience of meeting Pedro Infante in person. He was shooting a movie in a few blocks from my house. Every day I was going to look him acting, and one day, after the filming, he came to me and gave me his sombrero. I thank Saint James the Apostle for having lived this moment which I never forget and for having this memory about my idol.

Teresita Islas \ Mexico City

With this humble retablo, I wholeheartedly ask Saint James the Apostle not to let Don Goyo to erupt. It’s been very active in the last months. Although we are used to its flames and ashes, we are afraid it wakes up because my family and I, we live very close to it.

San Nicolas de los Ranchos, Puebla

When my buddy and I were coming back from the sowing, it was getting dark. Coyotes began to howl, and suddenly the Weeping Woman appeared to us. My buddy shat his pants from the fright. I bring this retablo to Saint James giving infinite thanks for protecting us so we could get to our hut safe and sound.

Puebla, 1908

Armando Garcia wanted to make a surprise night visit to his girlfriend but she got scared and sprayed gas in his eyes. He thanks Saint James, with fervent devotion, for he didn’t go blind, and he forgave her.

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There was a lady who was always going to see the wrestling, and, whenever she saw me fighting against the good guys, she used to curse me and kick me with her umbrella because she thought I was bad and cruel for real. I thank Saint James the Apostle for I managed to talk with her in private to explain that I’m only playing a bad character but I’m not really like this. Now we are friends.

Hell Warrior Jr. — Coacalco, State of Mexico

Ruperta Canseco brings this retablo to Saint James giving thanks for she met the painter Frida who helped her to bring her son to the doctor when he received a blow in the balls from a mule.

My truck threw a rod on the way from Tepeaca to Puebla. It was late night, and I got very scared. I implored Saint James, and soon a villager with a donkey passed by. He towed me for which I thank.

R.G. 1969

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I dedicate this exvoto to Saint James the Apostle for the great talent of a Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. His modernism works are acknowledged on the international level and he’s considered one of the most important Mexican painters of the XX century, along with Group of Three (Rivera, Siqueiros y Orozco).

Miguel R. \ Mexico

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The other night an ugly fat man came to our corner, and no one from my friends wanted to go with him. So we decided to draw straws between us, I lost and had to go with him to the motel. I thank Saint James the Apostle with this exvoto because it went really well, he payed me triple for my services and treated me very good.


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When he was preparing chicharones, a badass cat fell into the vat. He pulled him out well fried. He thanks Saint James for his customers didn’t notice it and, on the contrary, told him it was more delicious.

Totimehuacan, 1935
Justino Ramirez

Arturo Contreras got involved with a 80-years old woman for her money. He thanks Saint James with the present retablo for, although it cost him a lot of work, but he passed this stage of his life.