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Victoriano Perez dedicates this retablo because I loved to dance with my pig but she stepped on my callus.

Puebla, September 5, 1940

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We dedicate the present retablo, with deep gratitude, to the Lord of the Wonders for always giving us his protection during our performance of the Dance of Huahuas. We perform it for many years, and thanks to his blessing we have never had any falls or accidents.

The Toxqui family — Zacapoaxtla, Puebla

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I wholeheartedly thank the Holy Child of Atocha because last year I joined the dance group Los Chinelos. I always enjoyed going out on the streets with my family and watch them, but then a friend of mine who was in the group invited me to dance with them. I gladly agreed because it’s such a colorful and fun tradition.

Raul Nava / Tepoztlan, Morelos

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With this humble retablo, I thank Saint Jude Thaddeus because I was able to pass on this beautiful tradition of being a flyer to my son Venustiano. It was my honor to perform this beautiful dance since my young years. Now it’s he who is in charge of keeping our family tradition.

Isidoro Rosas ~ Papantla, Veracruz

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The huehue dance group from Xanaca neighborhood dedicate the present retablo to Saint Rita of Cascia with deep gratitude for granting them health to be able to participate in the Carnival celibrations the last year when they performed the traditional huehue dance for joy of children and adults.


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I dedicate the present retablo to Saint Rita, with deep gratitude, for granting me a miracle of being selected to the National Folk Ballet. I’m very glad to perform my country’s traditional dances.

Alma Ruiz, Mexico City

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Señora Josefina thanks Saint Charbel wit this exvoto for the 30th anniversary of her professional performing the traditional dance Jarana Yucateca, along with the folklore dance group that she founded and which three her sons participate in. They make her very proud because they inherited her passion for dance.

Yucatan, Mexico

I bring the present retablo to the Child of Atocha for helping me to meet Tin Tan and convincing him to visit my ill aunt since she always dreamt of meeting him. He even sang and danced for her and didn’t charge us, and my aunt recovered.

Gonzalo, Puebla, 1949

I love Mexican culture, especially their regional dances. I always had a dream to travel to Mexico to see them. I thank Saint Charbel becasue I visited the state of Chiapas and saw the traditional Parachicos dance that blew me away with its colors and beauty.

John Richardson

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Señorita Rosalia Gutierrez had an accident in which she broke her ankle. She couldn’t walk for months. She dedicates this retablo to the Virgin of Juquila wholeheartedly thanking her for she was able to recover in time to participate in the Pineapple Flower dance at the Guelaguetza celebration. May you be blessed.

Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico

I was in my bed with a light fever. Suddenly I saw skeletons who came near me and began to perform a wicked dance inviting me to join them. I prayed the Virgin of Guadalupe to save me from this absurd act and to take the skeletons far away. I closed my eyes for a moment, and when I opened them the miracle had been worked. I was feeling much better. I dedicate this retablo.

August 6, Guadalajara, Mexico

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When Aurora Valdez was dancing with her snake, it squeezed her so strongly her bones crackled.

Veracruz, November 11, 1944

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Virgin of Guadalupe, I ask you, please, so that my girlfriend Rosalba Perez wouldn’t make me suffer and wouldn’t go to the beach to dance with her friends because it makes me jealous.

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