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The tradition of home shrines first began evolving in the American Southwest during the Mexican colonial period, when priests often traveled to homes to perform mass, novenas, baptisms, and marriages, a practice that continues today. This colorful book features the personal altars of mostly Hispanic families living in the towns and villages of northern New Mexico. Most are devoutly Catholic, and although Roman Catholic dogma does not officially recognize home shrines, the altar tradition for most Hispanos is a sign of being “Catholic from the heart.” Their private altars allow for devotion in daily life, a practice embraced by those of all beliefs who desire personal sacred places to meditate, pray, or reflect. These portraits will serve as an inspiration for even the least devout among us desiring more spirituality in our lives.
Publisher:Museum of New Mexico Press (October 1, 1998) Language:English Paperback:124 pages ISBN-10:0890133700 ISBN-13:978-0890133705 Item Weight:1.21 pounds Dimensions:9 x 0.4 x 12 inches