When Ferdinand Magellan arrived more than 400 years ago, he came, not bearing coffers of goods for commerce and barter, but wielding and brandishing icons of Christianity - images of the Lady, the Child Jesus, and a crucifix.
The natives so embraced the pageantry
and the promise of the new faith, and centuries later, testament to
that Christian hegemony is the ubiquity of an iconolatry, none as dispersed
into the bowels of urban and rural religious life as the icon of the
Santo Nino. The Child Jesus icon graces jeepney dashboards, the countless
nooks and crannies of homes and commercial establishments, big and small,
the grand altars of churches, and countless towns and barangays for
their daily devotion and protectionand their cultist festivities and
The icon of the Santo Nino is often used in the alternative liturgies of healers, passing the image over the body or rubbing it on ailing body parts in the background of familiar cathechismal prayers or the esoteria of bulongs and orasyons.
|Erny Baron's Triangle
|Santo Nino Healing Rituals
|Tawas, Lunas, Bulong, Orasyon