Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches
A study of santos in 16th-century and other churches in Oaxaca, Mexico
By Claire and Richard Stracke
Funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
In Santa María de
la Natividad, Tamazulapan:
St. Michael the Archangel
Saint Michael the Archangel
Basis for Identification: Treading a
serpent, brandishing a sword, winged.
Other characteristics: Fabric gowns
rather than military garb.
Site: Church of Santa María de la Natividad, Tamazulapan.
Location: Left of the chaplet in the second bay in the south wall of the nave (see note).
the same area, a statue
of the Trinity
references to the cardinal directions always assume
that the main altar is at the east end of the church,
the narthex or entry area at the west end, and the two
of the nave on the
north and south. (The
nave is the long central section.)
Actual orientations may differ.
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