Santos in Oaxaca's Ancient Churches: Ejutla

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 San Miguel Ejutla:
Christ: Ecce Homo
Christ Mocked in the Pretorium
Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Our Lady of Sorrows
Our Lady of Sorrows (Soledad)
Our Lady of the Assumption
St. Francis of Assisi
St. John the Evangelist
St. Mary Magdalene
Unidentified Dominican Saint
Unidentified Franciscan Saint (1)
Unidentified Franciscan Saint (2)
Virgin Mary in a coffin

Other santos not photographed

Virgin Mary in a Coffin (Our Lady of the Assumption)

Virgin Mary in a Coffin:
Lying on a blue satin quilt and lace pillow, eyes closed as in death.

Local Name: La Virgen de la Asunción.

Basis for Identification: We identify this as La Virgen de la Asunción: a similar Virgin was so identified in Paterna, Valencia, Spain.

Site: Church of San Miguel Ejutla.

Media and construction: Wood, gesso paint. Lace and satin garments.

Size: Life size.

Comparable santos in Oaxaca (Virgin in Coffin): Coixtlahuaca, Teposcolula.

Next: Some Ejutla santos that were not photographed.

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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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