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 Juan Teitipac:
carrying the Cross
| Resurrected Christ
Sr. Lopez said that the santo is carried out of the church on Easter and used in a ceremony where the priest blesses butchers and their meat so that the village can eat flesh again after Lent. The whole body seems to be painted. The face is elongated and has small features. The muscles are not detailed.
Local Name: El Cristo de la
Resurrección de la Carne.
Basis for Identification: Right
hand raised, fingers positioned for the sign of the
cross, left hand away from the body.
Other characteristics: No halo, white robe and red cape.
Site: Church of San
Location: East wall of the north transept (see note).
Media and construction: Wood, gesso, paint, fabric garments. Eyes: glass. Hair: sculpted.
Size: About 4 feet (120cm.)
in the north transept, a statue
of the Trinity
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. Many churches are built in the shape of a cross; the transept is the area corresponding to the horizontal arms of an actual cross.
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