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 Santa María de la Natividad, Tamazulapan:

Christ in a Coffin
Christ in the Pretorium ("Pensive Christ")

Christ: Ecce Homo
Crucifix (1)
Crucifix (2)
The Immaculate Conception
Our Lady of Sorrows
Palm Sunday Christ
Sacred Heart of Jesus
St. Anthony of Padua
St. Isidore the Laborer
St. John the Baptist (Child)
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Michael the Archangel
St. Peter the Apostle

St. Teresa of Avila
Unidentified Saint

Other santos not photographed

St. Teresa of Avila

Saint Teresa of Avila

Basis for Identification: Carmelite habit, open book, quill pen.

Other characteristics: Cap like a graduation cap.

Site: Church of Santa María de la Natividad, Tamazulapan.

Location: On the right side of the retablo in the chapel off the third bay in the south wall of the nave (see note).

Comparable santos in Oaxaca: We did not see any.

External Links:
Wikimedia Commons: St. Teresa of Ávila
Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Teresa of Avila
Wikipedia: Teresa of Ávila
Christian Iconography:
Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

Next: In the second bay of the south wall, a statue of St. Michael the Archangel

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Introduction to Santa María de la Natividad

Santos Home Page

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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