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The Healing Power of the Santuario de ChimayóAmerica's Miraculous Church$
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Brett Hendrickson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479815500

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479815500.001.0001

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The Origin of the Santuario

The Origin of the Santuario

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The Healing Power of the Santuario de Chimayó

Brett Hendrickson

NYU Press

This chapter collects and recounts several important origin stories for the Santuario de Chimayó and its healing dirt and argues that the various stories reveal the religious and political needs of the storytellers. Origin stories range from apparitions of miraculous crucifixes to mysterious priests to pre-Hispanic Tewa Pueblo mythology. Key figures in the Santuario’s origins are its original owner, Bernardo Abeyta, and the Señor de Esquipulas, the crucified image of Jesus that now hangs on the main altar.

Keywords:   Señor de Esquipulas, Bernardo Abeyta, Tewa Pueblo, apparitions, Santuario de Chimayó, origin stories

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