Chapter

Gaucho Gil

Frank Graziano

in Cultures of Devotion

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195171303
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785193 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171303.003.0002
Gaucho Gil

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This chapter explores the devotion to Gaucho Gil and other outlaw and criminal folk saints in Argentina. It examines the charismatic, Robin-Hood banditry as a response to poverty and oppression; the themes of sacrifice, martyrdom, and injustice; and the nature of contemporary devotion at the principal shrine in Mercedes and at regional shrines elsewhere.

Keywords: cross; sacrifice; martyrdom; justice; injustice; bandits

Chapter.  11700 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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