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Faith and Transformation: Votive Offerings and Amulets from the Alexander Girard Collection


Edited by Doris Francis
Photographs by Paul J. Smutko

Amulets are objects of supranormal potency that safeguard the wearer during critical periods of life passage and transformation. Ex-votos, small metal objects often in the shapes of human figures or specific parts of the body, are presented as gifts to supernatural beings in thankful reciprocation for favors received. Drawing on examples from the Alexander Girard Collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this book describes the actual uses and ritual of the objects by people around the world who embrace different systems of faith and follow distinct cultural and ritual practices. The contributors, comprising an international group of historians, curators, folklorists, and anthropologists, focus on select pieces collected from Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Spain, Italy, Byzantium, Greece, Poland, Morocco, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Burma, and Japan.


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Doris Francis is a research associate at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Paul Smutko is a senior collections manager for the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. New Mexico.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press


8.5 x 10.5 in. 160 pages 86 color and 11 black-and-white photographs