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Cultures of DevotionFolk Saints of Spanish America$
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Frank Graziano

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171303

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171303.001.0001

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Sarita Colonia

Sarita Colonia

(p.141) Sarita Colonia
Cultures of Devotion

Frank Graziano (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the devotion to Sarita Colonia, the most prominent folk saint in Peru. It examines Sarita’s biography in relation to myth formation; compares Sarita’s story of virginity and (attempted) rape to the hagiography of several canonized saints; and discusses contemporary devotion to Sarita at her shrine in Callao (Lima).

Keywords:   virginity, rape, Maria Goretti, Antonia Messina, Lima

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