Chapter

Niño Compadrito

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/9780195171303.003.0006
Niño Compadrito

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This chapter explores the devotion to Niño Compadrito, a bone effigy venerated as a folk saint in Cuzco, Peru. It examines skulls and bones in folk devotions; myth formation; relation to syncretic Christ advocations, including the Christ of Qoyllur Rit’i; relations with the Catholic Church; black-candle rituals; and the nature of devotion at the domestic chapel where Niño Compadrito is housed.

Keywords: skulls; bones; relics; syncretism; Christ of Qoyllur Rit’i; Cuzco

Chapter.  16322 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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