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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 Santo Niño de Atocha

The Santo Niño de Atocha

(p.101) 4 The Santo Niño de Atocha
The Healing Power of the Santuario de Chimayó

Brett Hendrickson

NYU Press

This chapter chronicles the rise of the most important devotional figure at the Santuario de Chimayó, the Santo Niño de Atocha. Two arguments are offered as to why the Santo Niño gained prominence in Hispanic devotions: the first relies on religious competition with the Medina Chapel, adjacent to the Santuario, while the second rests on the idea that the Santo Niño’s popularity spread throughout the region independent of the Medina Chapel. The chapter also explains how the features of the Santo Niño’s devotion have made him a more winsome figure than the crucified Christ.

Keywords:   Santo Niño de Atocha, Medina Chapel, Hispanic devotions, religious competition, Santuario de Chimayó

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