near Cotaxtla, Veracruz, México

©2011. Keith Dannemiller

The Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s patroness, graces the inside of this remembrance to a Sr. Herminio.

The shrine is found on the side of toll highway between Veracruz and Mexico City.

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In The Atacama Desert of Northern Chile

This picture was taken at the side of the San Pedro de Atacama to Toconao road in northern Chile.

There are several animatas along this barren and largely empty highway.

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Near Trenque Lauquen, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina

This animita is a shrine to Gauchito Gil, a popular folk saint in Argentina. Gil was a Gaucho who fought in the Paraguayan and civil wars.

He was killed by a policeman who was his rival for a wealthy widow. His cult is especially strong among travellers and truck drivers.

Requests to have him canonised have so far been ignored by Rome.

(Thanks to Tom Hennigan for the photo.)

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Rio Churubusco near Avenida Universidad, México, DF

In contrast to the normally simple, small and unkempt urban animitas of Mexico City, this animata has an impressive church-like design.

Judging by its well kept facade and the flowers inside, it is obviously visited frequently by friends and relatives of the deceased.

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Near São Francisco Xavier, São Paulo state, Brazil

Photo: Tom Hennigan

This picture was taken last weekend on a dirt road near São Francisco Xavier, a small town about two hours north of São Paulo.

The cross is iron and there are three saints below it. It’s hard to tell who the saints represent, but the one on the right of the picture looks like a calcified version of Saint George.

São Jorge, as he is known in Brazil, is a very popular saint know as the protector. The rough shape indicates it is that of the usual São Jorge representation of a man on a horse.

(Thank to Tom Hennigan for the photo.)

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Calzada de Los Misterios y Calle Joyas; México, DF

A young man by the name of Omar is remembered here near the Basilica of Guadalupe in northern Mexico City.

The cross is on a thin median strip wedged in between five lanes of traffic.

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Near Rifaina, rural São Paulo state, Brazil

Photo: Zed Nesti

This crude animita looks like it has been there for years.

The picture was taken on a B road that runs through cattle and sugar cane country in the northwest of São Paulo state, near to its border with Minas Gerais.

It’s one plain old wooden cross below which, just visible through the long grass, are a weather-beaten black and white photograph and two plaster saints.

(Thanks to Zed Nesti for the photo.)

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