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“Don Baltizar and the black saint”, Nahuala.

 

 

 

 

Acrylic, enamel and copper foil on board, 42 x 62.5 inches framed.

Exhibited: Ross Thiele & Sons Gallery, La Jolla, California, 1978. Estimate $850.

 

Don Baltizar and his closed escapulario reflect the devotion of the people of Nahuala to the Black Christ of Esquipulas. Every spring they take their seen corn on pilgrimage for benediction at the Basilica of the Black Christ.

The Nuhualanos hang escapularios around their necks with a heavy cord. Inside is an image of the Black Christ and their seed corn. It is a magnificent sight to see the pilgrims climbing the hills toward the basilica with these enormous medallions on their chests. It is also a rare sight these days since the Cofradia now usually hire buses to make the trip.

Behind Don Baltizar are two-headed eagles called ‘Cot’ in most Mayan languages. Cot was the ancient god of Good and Evil and, like humans, his duty was to navigate a path down the middle road of life.

 

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