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Retablo - Our Lady of San Juan de los Lagos, 1935

"On February 14, 1965, I give thanks to the Virgencita of Guadalupe because thanks to her miracle I can speak again, since I lots my ability to talk when I saw an spaceship with an strange been coming out of it."

The Merry Cemetery, Howard Finster, and Mexican Ex-Votos

"On February 14, 1965, I give thanks to the Virgencita of Guadalupe because thanks to her miracle I can speak again, since I lots my ability to talk when I saw an spaceship with an strange been coming out of it."

Ex voto 1767  A south German votive painting from 1767, offered to Mary by a man after he miraculously survived a fall from a ladder.

Ex voto 1767 A south German votive painting from 1767, offered to Mary by a man after he miraculously survived a fall from a ladder.

Bats invaded Carlota Valdez's house and flew over her bed at nights and they filled her with nightmares and their dreams. She feared they could be vampires and would suck her and her cats' blood and they would be converted into the living dead for all Eternity. Very worried, Carlota prayed to Saint Quiteria for protection. The saint worked a miracle for her, the bats left to live somewhere else, and Carlota gives thanks with this altarpiece.

Bats invaded Carlota Valdez's house and flew over her bed at nights and they filled her with nightmares and their dreams. She feared they could be vampires and would suck her and her cats' blood and they would be converted into the living dead for all Eternity. Very worried, Carlota prayed to Saint Quiteria for protection. The saint worked a miracle for her, the bats left to live somewhere else, and Carlota gives thanks with this altarpiece.

Retablo-Votive-Ex Voto painting- Virgin of Guadalupe-Mexican Tradition and Folk | eBay

Retablo-Votive-Ex Voto painting- Virgin of Guadalupe-Mexican Tradition and Folk | eBay

An ex-voto is created when an individual's prayers for a miracle are answered. After praying to a saint for a miraculous healing, an individual would commission a local artist to create a small painting that would be hung in the local church as a public testimony of that individual's faith and gratitude for a miracle.

An ex-voto is created when an individual's prayers for a miracle are answered. After praying to a saint for a miraculous healing, an individual would commission a local artist to create a small painting that would be hung in the local church as a public testimony of that individual's faith and gratitude for a miracle.

Thank you Virgin for the gift of many cats to keep my husband and myself warm on cold nights.

Thank you Virgin for the gift of many cats to keep my husband and myself warm on cold nights.

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