Religious Folk Art

Handcarved saints from Guatemala

Carved Wooden Saints

Because over 90% of  Mexico is Catholic, one finds lots of charming and beautiful hand-made religious folk art all over the country. The saints, above, are from Guatemala, another very Catholic country. Religion is a part of every day life in Mexico, from the home altar to crossing oneself in front of every church, to the pinning of milagros, to the omnipresent image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Catholicism is not native to Mexico–the Spanish brought it with them in the 1500’s. In indigenous towns and villages one still finds religious practices that harken back to the days before the conquest.

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Mexican Clay nativity set

Josefina Aguilar Nativity Set

Decorated religious bottles

Mexican Shrine in a Bottle

Wooden saint of Virgen de Guadalupe

Carved Wooden Virgin of Guadalupe

Wooden carved heart covered in milagros or charms

Hand Carved Wooden Hearts Covered in Milagros

Gerardo Ortega Nativity Set

13 Piece Painted Clay Nativity Set from Jalisco, Gerardo Ortega