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Fr Roten Blog #16: Venezuela

In Praise of Mothering Taller Elmilagio

This nativity representation emphasizes contrast and similarity. The two dominant mother figures are of pre-Columbian tradition. They represent a birthing mother (right) and a mother feeding her child (left). The nativity scene, dwarfed and traditional in style, suggests a stark but welcome contrast. Each of the figures is a little masterpiece of ornamental design in pre-Columbian tradition. Most important, the set is in praise of mothers then and now. One of them was Mary, mother of Jesus called Savior.

Reprinted withe permission: University of Dayton, Marian Library Collection. All rights reserved.

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