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
Yanhuitlán's Ayuxi Chapel
Also for Yanhuitlán we have:
Ayuxi Chapel in Yanhuitlán
| Above the town of Yanhuitlán is a calvary
and an important chapel. Señor
Ventura explained the following: the town of
Yanhuitlán has eight neighborhoods: Ayuxi,
Tindé, Ticó, Sayufu, Ticoi, Yuuchanó,
Vanná, and Chaticoi; each neighborhood had a
mayordomía. Each mayordomía had a special
devotion to the Christ who is the Señor de la
Misericordia and so each one had a special crucifix.
Because the feast of the archangels was also important to
Yanhuitlán, mayordomías were named for the
archangels and each one had a statue representing its
santo. Señor Ventura told us that today five of
these crucifixes and angels, those belonging to defunct
mayordomías, are in the Convento museum, and two
are in the church. The most famous of all, the magnificent
Divino Señor de
Ayuxi, is in the Calvary chapel, a half-mile from
the great church of Santo Domingo, along Calle Aldama.
The crucifix looks old. Much blood flows from the five wounds and from large lesions at the knees. The skin is purple around these lesions, and around the wound in the side. The sheen of the skin is realistic. The scutum has a golden color and is set in an unusual vertical position behind the pelvis. On the head is a one-piece metal combination cruciform halo and crown of thorns, also in a golden color.
Basis for identification: Identified by a sign over the glass case.
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint,
fabric loincloth, metal scutum, metal crown of thorns.
Size: About 7 feet (210 cm.)
Location: Glass case centered on the main altar of the
Comparable santos in Oaxaca: Achiutla,
del Valle1, Santa Ana
del Valle2, Santa Ana
del Valle3, Cuilapan,
Our Lady of the Rosary, Teotitlán1, Teotitlán2, Teposcolula1,
(in Rosary case), Teposcolula
Xoxocotlán1, Xoxocotlán2, Xoxocotlán3, Xoxocotlán4, Yanhuitlán1, Yanhuitlán2, Yanhuitlán Convento1, Yanhuitlán Convento2, Yanhuitlán Convento3, Yanhuitlán Convento4, Yanhuitlán Convento5, Zimatlán.
In the chapel we also took this photo of an unidentified female saint:
Unfortunately, we do not have field notes on this santo.
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