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I went to swim and dive to watch fish. Then I met face to face with a sea monster. I was in fright thinking that he was going to attack me with its claws, since it was half-devil, half-man and half-fish and he had giant claws. But thanks to the Holy Heart the monster seemed to get scared more than me when he saw me, so he swam away rapidly. I felt relieved but still—until the mister changed his mind and came back—I swam back to the beach.

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I’m thankful to you, Saint Barbara, for blessing my kids and saving them from that demoniac encounter which happened while they were playing. They told me about it when they came home all pale and frightened.

Amanda Carril and kids
Campeche, 1938

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A figure appeared from nowhere and gave us good advice. Thanks.

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A being from another world lived on my bull. Thanks for it didn’t hurt him.

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Holy Virgin, help us with this new superhero.

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A three-headed crocodile came out of the sea. We thought it’s the end of the world. Thanks goodness he only ate a duck and went away afterwards.

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My boyfriend and I were hiding in the alley behind my house. We were talking and kissing, when suddenly some strange creatures appeared ti us. They came out of the wall. I think they were aliens. Thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe an angry dog started barking at them, and the creatures got scared and went back into the wall.

One night I went to the river, and an ugly beast came out there. But the Virgin protected me.

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When a three-headed calf was born we felt sorry for it. But it grew up in a heathy and beautiful animal. Although this cow doesn’t give a lot of milk, it made us important people in the village. We are looking best in the eyes for keeping it.

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A monster began to appear in the Laurita Rios’ closet. She was very frightened and prayed the Virgin of the Rosary so that the monster wouldn’t come back. Thanks to the Holy Virgin the girl’s father got a better job in Guadalajara so they moved there. Laurita thanks the Virgin because there are no monsters in the capital.

From who knows where elephant-like beings came to us. We thank for they only wanted water.

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Thanks to the Virgin a chupacabra that appeared during the hour of our meal fife’t hurt us.

Maria Peña, 1970

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