Abstract

The study of sacred images, in general, and of crosses, in particular, of Mexico, has attracted the attention of scholars from various disciplines. Because the placement or the appearance of such images is context-dependent, one way to understand their contemporary celebration is to take a combined historical and anthropological approach. Drawing on historical sources, audio-recorded interviews, and online newspaper articles, this article illustrates how the crosses of Huaquechula share patterns of devotion to Mexican crosses past and present. It suggests that, based on the qualitative equivalence of their earlier and later purposes, the crosses are a living tradition that, across time, conveys a meaningful message of faith, protection, unity, and collective continuity.

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