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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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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Cultures of Devotion
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Frank Graziano (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171303.003.intro

This chapter establishes the cultural and thematic contexts for understanding folk saint devotions. It explores the nature of devotion, the means by which devotions are initiated and disseminated, and the relation of folk saints to canonized saints and to the Catholic Church.

Keywords:   folk saints, myth, ritual, Catholic Church, death, curanderos (healers), black magic, curses, oral tradition

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