Friday, September 14, 2007

Chiapas Roof Crosses

Dr. Virginia Guessing lives part of the year in Santa Barbara and part of the year in a village in the Chiapas region in southern Mexico. She is an historian of religious art. Over the years she has collected and reproduced an unique form of religious art; roof crosses that are unique to this southern region of Mexico in addition to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala. Last night she gave a standing lecture in the restored Cassa de la Guerra in Santa Barbara where the crosses are now being displayed.
The crosses display a wide mix of both Christian and indigenous symbols. They were place on the roofs of tiled houses, jammed into a cross-beam through the tiles. They indicated a family of faith and a belief in a protective power over the house.


At 2:31 PM , Blogger Andrew Stonina said...

These roof crosses remind me of seeing the Church of Cock Crow in Jerusalem at the supposed site of the high priest Caiaphas' house. The roof cross has a rooster on it. I thought that was weird when I saw it in 2000.


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