Road Side Sanctuaries,Image GAllery of road side sanctuaries in Argentina.Gauchito Gil,a populat figure alomng the roads, which can be seen as just a mere example of the way these cults evolve from reality to mythology. Road Side Sanctuaries,Road side attractions ......in Argentina.Here in this case a sanctuary for Saint known as Gauchito Gil,a popular figure alomng the roads, which can be seen as just a mere example of the way these cults evolve from reality to mythology. The bond between religion and society in Latin America is tide and important. It has been since Colonial times when Church and Conquerors were two sides of a same coin. The need of civilizing the natives was not just a matter of society but a matter of soul and religion, they said. And so it was. Two cultures, two different worlds encountered. It was not peaceful, it was harsh, it was the only way a conquest could be: rich, traumatic, conciliatory, and harsh on the generations to come. It was a subversion of the way things were until then, and religion and morality were not excepted from the main alteration flow brought to the American Continent from Europe. It's important to point out that this was not a one way street of influence, but the result of mutual influences in different degrees and amounts considering the time, the strength and many more aspects that are to be considered when analyzing what happened then. There's no question about the fact that Latin American Catholicism is not the same as the one in Rome, in spite of the fact that the relationship is unquestionable. It's very much mixed with local influences that harden some trends, such as sanctuaries along the road, worshiping the appearances of the Virgin Mary and several important saints. One of the most interesting features are the many "new" saints, specific from Latin America that have made a great appearance and are highly appreciated. Along the roads throughout every country you'll find amazing sanctuaries, big, small, highly elaborated or very simple ones. All of them portray the saint's image, surrounded by flowers and small "tokens" of affection such as candles, rosaries, written prayers. Bob Frassinetti. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gauchito Gil in Argentina
Gauchito Gil in Argentina.The story behind the beloved image of Gauchito Gil is located in Corrientes, a northeast province of Argentina limiting with Brazil and Paraguay. Gauchito Gil was sort of a Robin Hood of corrientes, fighting the powerful in the name of the poor, hated by the local policeman and his men, one of them assassinated Gauchito Gil while he was defenseless, by cutting his throat. This first part of the story would not be worshiping material of any kind, but the impressive thing was that soon after the head policeman killed Gauchito Gil, his son got very ill, and it was Gauchito Gil the one who healed him. That was the beginning of the legend, over 100 years ago and it has been growing and developing throughout the littoral part of the country ever since. People say that the legend traveled mainly with truck drivers, a very devoted part of the population that follows Gauchito Gil, and that it was them who began to build some of the most important sanctuaries by the edge of National highways throughout the country. Email Bob Frassinetti. The Buenos Aires Art Dealer,Argentina. Bob Frassinetti. Copyright 2005. Roberto Dario Frassinetti.