Chapter

Introduction

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.intro
Introduction

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This chapter establishes the cultural and thematic contexts for understanding folk saint devotions. It explores the nature of devotion, the means by which devotions are initiated and disseminated, and the relation of folk saints to canonized saints and to the Catholic Church.

Keywords: folk saints; myth; ritual; Catholic Church; death; curanderos (healers); black magic; curses; oral tradition

Chapter.  31485 words.  Illustrated.

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