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 San Juan Teitipac:
carrying the Cross
According to Sr. Lopez, this santo is carried through the church and then around the churchyard on St. Joseph's feast day, March 19. There is a mayordomía/asociación attached to the statue.
Local Name: San José
Basis for Identification: Lily
stalk, Christ child.
Other characteristics: Full crowns on both figures.
Site: Church of San
Location: South wall of the nave (see note).
Media and construction: Polychrome (both Joseph and child). Eyes: glass. Open mouth.
Size: Life size.
along the south wall, a
statue of Christ seated in the pretorium
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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