Roadside Mary

Roadside Mary Tepotzlan One of the things I enjoy about living in Mexico is the plethora of Shrines. I am not a religious person, but I am a lover of myth, symbols, and ritual. Altars and shrines seduce me, like shoe stores enthrall others, (ok, I am very fond of shoe stores too).  I also appreciate Mexicans devotion to their personal female deity La virgin De Guadalupe. I know Catholics would dispute that they worship Mary as deity but I think it is impossible not to see Catholicism as more than just a little bit pagan and pantheistic.

I like to call the altars to Mary– Roadside Marys and as a holiday season celebration I will share some of my favorite Marys with you over the next few weeks.

The relationship of opposites is a theme in my search for meaning.  I explore these ponderings frequently in my art work. One of my favored motifs in this vein is the marriage of sacred and profane.

This Mary beautifully represents that idea; she graces our new gas station at the entrance of Tilzapotla. I admire her placement, hovering of the sump pump and mop bucket, and her utilitarian Styrofoam vases. Virgin at the Pemex

May we maintain our personal Sacred in the dust of our daily lives.

Happy Thanksgiving Dear Readers, I am thankful for your time.

9 thoughts on “Roadside Mary

    • Wow,I love your painting Stan, thanks for sharing it! I want to warn you since I know what a dog lover you are, that tommorrows post is very sad, we’ve lost Elvis. You may want to skip it. take care my friend, a.

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  3. Among the principles shrines in Europe, the shrine at Walsingham constitutes the most excellent place of Marian devotion in the land of Britain. According to tradition it was founded by a certain dame Richeldis in 1061, who in a dream was ordered to build a chapel as a copy of the Holy House in Nazareth. The chapel when the devotion developed, was enclosed in a sumptuous gothic church. Following its destruction, in 1538, only in 1934 did Walsingham see the reconstruction of a shrine within which was enclosed the Holy House. In the same year there was the inauguration of a Catholic shrine in the former Slipper Chapel, where traditionally pilgrims would leave their shoes to walk the last mile barefoot.

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