Stuff white people wouldn’t pray to

9 01 2010

Found in Mexico City.


Can you imagine this on an EWTN set? I can’t either.


“Okay, the Infant of Prague I understand. But this is just going too far!”


“Oh hell no!”


An ex-voto. No explanation necessary, I think.

Found on this site



15 responses

14 08 2013

White people? Wow what an ignorant post, first of all there are white people in Mexico, and second of all three of those things come directly from Spain, which is a white country, so unless you have some weird definition of what white is… and trust me I live in Europe and “white” people here pray to weirder things, but I’m currently living in Eastern Europe, so maybe they’re not white to you either since white seems to be some kind of culture or people! I wonder where this white country is?

American whites do not represent “white culture” or “what white people pray to” since there’s no such thing, given that white people come from different cultures. You ignorant brute.

6 05 2011

I also like the 2nd. Maybe it’s due to a personal experience, but I do like that 1.

17 01 2010
Why Midwesterners* Shouldn’t Learn Spanish « The Lonely Goth’s Guide to Independent Catholicism

[…] In deference to Arturo – I was going to say “white people,” but not everyone in the video […]

17 01 2010

“Can you imagine this on an EWTN set?”

I don’t know, I’ve seen some mightily tacky and kitchy objets for sale at EWTN.

Do you know those multi-color bulbed Christmas tree top stars from the early 70s that pulsate to disco-like rhythms? I’ve seen the statue of Our Lady ‘crowned’ by a similar thing at a predominately white parish.

My parish (95% Hispanic) is lace, smells, bells, statues, candles, and flowers galore…but there’s nothing over-the-top…at least by my tastes.

Still, I agree, there is something hygienic and bland about respectable, bourgeois religiosity.

15 01 2010

So no chance of seeing anything like this on Stuff Whipte People Like?

15 01 2010

Why wouldn’t I? I have prayed to S. Nino de Atocha before. It’s not fair to stereotype us all.

13 01 2010

What is there to understand?

12 01 2010

I never understood the Infant of Prague.

9 01 2010

*sniffle!* I pray to some of those…

9 01 2010

How could I be such a fool and not mention El Cristo Negro.

I recall having called quite a few Catholic Religious vendors and I got moments of silence when I asked for this particular statue. I mean really, have we not come far enough in Church history that when I ask for a Cristo Negro I do not get a strange look ?

I particularly love the fact that “black” depictions of The Virgin are called just that, “Black Madonnas”. Why can’t they be referred to by their place of origin, La Virgen de Regla, etc. . A Mexican acquaintance of mine once told me La Virgen Te Coatlaxopeuh (Thank you very much Nahuatl.) was not LA VIRGEN. He wasn’t say that she wasn’t an apparition of The Virgin, but rather she was the “little” Virgin placed to a corner that people prayed to, but she was never LA VIRGEN (ie The Main Altar Virgin so to speak.). He like me has a LOVE for what people call Virgenes Morenas. Perhaps as a Mexican you may have more insight on the whole Virgen Te Coatlaxopeuh vs La Virgen en El Altar. I understand what he meant to say, but perhaps there is more to it from a Mexican perspective.

Oh yeah and before I forget, I posted a link once on Facebook about the fact that the majority (if not all) of Black/African Saints and Blesseds are somehow connected with Slavery or discrimination based on their skin tone. This troubles me sometimes, I mean what does that say to a person ? I guess this all goes back to The “Black” Madonnas and “Black” Christ (which I am PERSONALLY offended each time someone says they only became that way because they were somehow burned etc. Why can’t they just have been created black as was La Virgen de Regla ?) being seen as some quaint exception to the rule.

Blessed Henriette DeLille

St.Martin de Porres

St.Moses The Black/Ethiopian

Blessed Pierre Toussaint

St. Josephine Bakhita

These are just a few off the top of my head. St. Charles Lwanga may be one of few exceptions, but nonetheless he is a relatively recent Saint and not one of the more popular ones. I realize others have been slaves and discriminated against, but nonetheless these are the more popular of Black/African Saints people are familiar with.

9 01 2010

I know La Mano Poderosa and El Nino de Atocha well. I am Puerto Rican after all. Though I don’t understand why people would have a problem praying to El Nino de Atocha. La Mano Poderosa while strange is a reference to Christ stating that He is to be seated at The Right Hand of The Father.

Something that may or may not be related is The Hand of Miriam/Khamsa Hand. Another big one amongst those of us from the islands is The Azabache Fist. I have heard different theories related to its origins. Some say it comes from The Iberian Peninsula, whereas others say it comes from Northern Africa. Either way, it made its way across the Atlantic and onto practically EVERY Puerto Rican babies wrist.

Now that I think about it, The Hand of Miriam has an eye in the center to ward off The Evil Eye. Interesting because there are little amulets sold throughout Latin America called Los Ojos de Santa Lucia that have come to be associated with the same thing. Some Orthodox Christians I know carry them around as well.

BTW I can’t help but recommend my friend’s blog :

Arturo could you take a look at it and possibly post a link to his blog on your blog ?

My network in case anyone is interested

9 01 2010

In some circles in the Philippines, the really desperate pray to a little bronze, naked image of the Sto. Nino with a giant boner in order to remedy barrenness (although I suspect this may be a localized thing). There is also an old saying that praying to an open pot at some appointed time of the day is a sure fire way of getting a child. Of course, the flipside is that the child would come from duendes or kapres instead of the heavenly host. That hasn’t stopped the practice, though.

9 01 2010
Alice C. Linsley

The second also makes sense to me… intuitively. The Hand of God, the Passion of Christ, are the saint’s ground of being.

9 01 2010

Hey, I might give one or two of those a try, since the usual people that I’ve been praying to don’t seem to be listening. Of course, I’m also not white, so never mind…

9 01 2010

Just thought I would say hello. I’ve only just found your blog but I’m really enjoying it so far! Funny post, by the way. I actually think the second one is nice but the first one, which is obviously the creepiest, is the sort of thing white people would have been praying to in the Middle Ages, isn’t it? Can’t tell if the skull is real but the bones of saints would have been the basis of pretty much every reliquary, of course.

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