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
Local Name: El San Posentilla.
Basis for Identification: Crown
of thorns, purple robe, streams of blood on the
forehead, face, and neck.
Site: Church of San
Location: On the floor in the northwest corner of the north transept (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, polyester robe. Eyes: painted. Hair: wig.
Size: Life size.
the north end of the transept, a statue of Our Lady of the
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. Many churches are
built in the shape of a cross; the
transept is the area
corresponding to the horizontal arms of an actual
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