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
Two Unidentified Saints
| Two Unidentified Saints:
The words written on the santo on the left are PADECIO DEVAJO DEL PODE[R DE] PON[CIO] PILATO FUÉ CRUCIFICADO MUERTO Y SEPULTADO ("He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried"). On the right the santo bears the phrase CRIADOR [SIC] DEL CIELO Y DE LA TIERRA ("Creator of Heaven and Earth"). Both phrases are taken from the Apostles' Creed.
Basis for Identification: Possibly
they represent two of the Apostles for whom the Creed is
named. Both carry books and wear the
kind of flowing garments usually assigned to saints from
the apostolic era.
Site: Former convento of San Pedro y
San Pablo, Teposcolula.
Location: In a room off the southwest corner of the garden of the former convento (see note).
Comparable santos in the former
convento are emblazoned with phrases that form almost
the entire Apostles' Creed:
Introduction to Teposcolula
Note: On this site, 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 walls of the nave on the north and south. (The nave is the long central section.) In the case of the former convento at Teposcolula, directional references align with those of the Teposcolula church. Actual orientations may differ.
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