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 the church of Santa
Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán
|Altar of Our Lady of
Site: Church of Santa Elena de la Cruz, Xoxocotlán.
Location: In a chapel (locked) off the south wall of the nave (see note).
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Local Names: Nuestra Señora de la
Soledad, La Virgen de la Soledad.
Basis for Identification: Full round crown, hands folded in prayer, black veil/mantle over white veil framing the face.
Christ in a coffin
Local Name: El Señor de la
Next: Just past this chapel, a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Introduction to Xoxocotlán
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.) Actual orientations may differ.
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