This Easter, we can think about the Virgin Mary, Christianity’s venerated mother of Jesus, the Mother of God, who is said to have miraculously appeared to believers many times over the centuries.
In these ex-votos (ex voto suscepto, “from the vow made”) from late 19th to early 20th Century Liguria, Italy, the Virgin Mary appears at scenes depicting people falling from buildings, scaffoldings or trees. A cynic might be suspicious of her presence at the scene of every accident, but they’d need to overlook the key part of each story to make their case – all the fallers survive and go on to give praise. You can see a selection from Mexico here.
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