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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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Niño Compadrito

Niño Compadrito

(p.217) Niño Compadrito
Cultures of Devotion

Frank Graziano (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the devotion to Niño Compadrito, a bone effigy venerated as a folk saint in Cuzco, Peru. It examines skulls and bones in folk devotions; myth formation; relation to syncretic Christ advocations, including the Christ of Qoyllur Rit’i; relations with the Catholic Church; black-candle rituals; and the nature of devotion at the domestic chapel where Niño Compadrito is housed.

Keywords:   skulls, bones, relics, syncretism, Christ of Qoyllur Rit’i, Cuzco

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