Sunday, July 22, 2007

Gracias Amelia

In the Cementario Colon in La Habana is a very popular grave of La Milagrosa (The Miraculous One). The story goes that when Amelia Goyri de la Hoz died in childbirth in 1901, she was buried with her stillborn daughter placed at her feet. When the tomb was opened a few years later, the baby was found in her arms. Amelia is now considered the protector of pregnant women and newborn children. Pilgrims paying homage must not turn their backs to the tomb upon leaving.

Surrounding the grave are many small "notes" on wood and marble...this one says it all:
"Thank You Amelia, For taking my children Osiel and Rosemary from this country"

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