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Sarita Colonia

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/9780195171303.003.0003
Sarita Colonia

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This chapter explores the devotion to Sarita Colonia, the most prominent folk saint in Peru. It examines Sarita’s biography in relation to myth formation; compares Sarita’s story of virginity and (attempted) rape to the hagiography of several canonized saints; and discusses contemporary devotion to Sarita at her shrine in Callao (Lima).

Keywords: virginity; rape; Maria Goretti; Antonia Messina; Lima

Chapter.  10231 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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