|Booth at Spanish Market, Santa Fe NM|
You can view my Spanish Market and Mass video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7l_1RW_hLg. In it you will see the santeros, the artists who make the holy images, as well as the religious ceremony in which the images are blessed. But first, please read the background information that I have provided below so that you will better understand what you are seeing.
|Spanish Empire in New World|
Once peaceably settled, the cultures of the area, the Hispanic and the Pueblo intermingled in many spheres- art, architecture, dress, food and worship. The annual Spanish Colonial Market in Santa Fe celebrates the artistic culture that emerged from this encounter.
|Santo of Virgin Mary|
retablos and bultos (statues) for which New Mexican art is most famous.
|Bulto of Virgin and Child mounted on donkey|
(from the Biblical episode of the Flight to Egypt)
|Virgin Mary saving souls from Purgatory|
The culture of religious images, of the santos and bultos first flowered during the 18th and 19th centuries. Scholars point out that there was a scarcity of clergy in the region and that religious images played an important role in keeping religion alive for the people. These images still do this, as you will hear the Archbishop say in his sermon in the video, the santeros (makers of holy images) "have their religion in their fingertips".