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.
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