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
| Unidentified Monk:
On the cowl is written a passage from the Apostles' Creed. The words appear to be "CREO EN EL ESPIRITU SANTO, LA SANTA IGLESIA CATOLICA" ("I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church").
Basis for Identification: Tonsure
Other characteristics: On the left
hand, a model of a church sitting on a book.
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:
Next: A crucifix in a stairwell in the former convento
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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