Milagros (Sp. “miracles”) are metal religious pieces of various shapes and sizes found throughout Latin America and Mediterranean Europe. Milagros are used to petition the saints for help or protection or to thank the saints for prayers answered. It is not uncommon to visit a shrine or church in Latin America and see wooden statues of the saints, manifestations of the Virgin or of Christ adorned with little metal arms, feet, hearts or other things to serve as physical reminders of prayers or favors granted.
Milagros have many meanings, ranging from the specific to the general. An arm milagro, for example, may be offered to aid in the healing of a broken arm. A milagro in the shape of a little boy might be placed in a shrine to petition a saint to intercede on behalf of a sick child. A heart may be offered for overall cardiac health and well-being or for matters pertaining to love.
Nowadays, instead of making a pilgrimage to a shrine to place the milagro on or near a holy image or relic, many people carry milagros with them for luck or protection or use them at home on personal crucifixes or altars. People have expanded milagro use outside the traditional religious realm and use milagros in art, jewelry, craft projects and healing treatments.
Our larger milagros (also called ex votos) are finished by hand in the oscuro style, a process by which a fine dark overlay is applied to bring out the fine details of the pieces.
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