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Señor Dionicio gives thanks to the Virgin of Juquila for saving him from dying after a dangerous fall from his horse on his way back home when the horse was scared of a viper and threw him off. Now he thanks because he’s alright.

March 15, 1987, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Artemio Mendosa brings this retablo thanking the Virgin of San Juan for protecting him from the bullets of a peon and playing a dirty trick on himself instead because he was killed by a venomous viper.

Puebla, 1908

My son Aurelio rode the horse whenever he had free time. But on August 4, 1958, an accident happened. The horse got scared of a viper and my son fell head down. I thank the Virgin of Zapopan for he didn’t die nor become crazy, and recovered quickly.

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

Veracruz, November 11, 1944

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Boy Arnulfo Fernandez fell into a pit full of snakes. His mother thanks Saint Nicholas for nothing bad happened.

Tehuacan, 1945

Tired of gathering wood, Antonia Flores fell asleep. It happened so that a very venomous viper was about to bite her but Our Lady Virgin of San Juan sent her angels to wake Antonia up, and she could escape from the animal. She give infinite thanks to the Holy Virgin for this miracle.

I thank Saint Thomas Aquinas with this retablo for Adrienne Barbeau’s talent and beauty. Also, I thank him for keeping her safe during a difficult film shooting in the swampy waters full of snakes and insects.

Fernando Rivera — Mexico City

Angelica X was a stripper, and she liked to perform with a boa. But one day it almost choked her. She thanks Saint Francis with this retablo for she was saved in time and promises to leave this profession.

A miracle was made by Saint Quiteria of Frexeiras when she chased away poisonous snakes from our land.

Jose Pedro & Inacia Belo
Buique / PE

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It was a miracle by Saint Quiteria of Frexeiras who helped me out when I fell off the horse which was scared by a snake.

Cicero Eucebio Reis
Paulo Jasinto, Alagoas, October 2010

Rodrigo Menendez was selling bananas at the market, and one day one of his customers was bitten by a viper that jumped out of the fruits. He thanks Saint Francis of Assisi for this snake turned out to be non-venomous because the health control was going to throw him in jail.

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Thank you, Virgin of Sorrows, for the miracle that I’m alive. I went to see my wheat crops and a viper bit me.

Evaristo Galvan Monzon
August 14, 1974
Celaya, Guanajuato

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When I watched the movie “From dusk till dawn” I completely fell in love with Salma Hayek after seeing her dancing with the snake. She became my platonic love. With this retablo, I thank the Saint James the Apostle because after many year of admiring her I finally could see her in person on a red carpet of one of her films. Few minutes I spent near her was the most marvelous moment of my life.

Francisco Ortiz \ Mexico City