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Mexican Milagros Religious Charms

Milagros are small religious charms that people usually nail onto sacred objects, pin on the clothing of saint statues, or hang with little red ribbons or threads from altars and shrines. The word "milagro" means "miracle". Typically, a believer will make a vow to a saint or to a sacred object, and later on she will make a pilgrimage to the site of the shrine or church and take a milagro there and leave it as a sign of gratitude and devotion. People also carry milagros for protection and good luck. Different milagros have different meanings and uses, and are often interpreted differently by different people, or for different occasions. For example, a milagro of a body part, such as a leg, might be used as part of a prayer or vow for the improvement for some condition associated with a leg - such as arthritis. Or, it might refer to a concept such a travel, the leg implying walking, which implies any form of travel. Similarly, a heart might represent a heart condition that one is praying for a cure: or a romance, or the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of Mary, and a prayer that the power of those spiritual forces might come into ones life. Often, a retablo or some other sacred image in a home will have milagros nailed to the frame, in such a way that the saint represented in the picture might bless the persons represented by the milagros, or the cares of these persons.

We sell these in packages of 25 each Mexican standard size milagros. E-mail me if you have any questions. We buy them directly from the manufacturer in San Juan de los Burros, Mexico, where they are made by hand! This little old lady, Doña Cuca - we think she is about 90 years old - has these molds for making them that have been in her family for centuries. Whenever we place an order with her - we call this person up who rides out to her village in an old pickup truck - and Doña Cuca hires these Indians to help her make them, because she is too frail to do that much work herself. Then, they send my order up on the bus. It takes a week to get here.

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From Fausto's Art Gallery in Ojinaga, Chihuahua.

Shipped from Presidio, Texas, USA

The pictures below show some milagros that were hung in a chapel of a so-called "banned saint" - the "Anima Leyva" - in Ojinaga, Chihuahua. Click on them to see larger images