Which vices do you wish you were able to give up? The man to the right suffered terribly. His vice gave him horrible visions of the devil.
The photograph is of an ex-voto, or retablo as they are often referred to, a form of Mexican folk art which give thanks to saints or in this case the Virgin of Guadalupe for answering prayers. A rough translation follows below:
“I give thanks to the Virgin of Guadalupe who has performed this miracle for me of helping stop this cursed vice that has given me such horrible visions and the devil came and took me. But fortunately this has made me stop taking it. This is a testament of my gratitude to the virgin.”
This is one of several retablos from Mexico I brought back from my recent trip to Guatemala. I’ll post on the others as well. I discovered them in a large artist cooperative selling a wide variety of textiles and folk art. It dates from 1953.
For more on retablos check out this post Parish of the Immaculate Conception in the remote former mining and ghost town of Real de Catorce, Mexico.