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Division of Community Life Dissertation Series: Lange, Yvonne: "Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico," 1975

Author:
Lange, Yvonne (Director Emerita, Museum of International Folk Art) 1918-2003
Collector:
Community Life, Div. of, NMAH, SI
Subject:
Vidal, Teodoro
Physical description:
0.66 cubic feet
2 boxes (4 volumes)
Type:
Dissertations
Collection descriptions
Religious objects
Place:
Puerto Rico
Date:
1975
Notes:
"Santos" is a term used in Latin America to describe the locally made wooden sculptured representations of the Roman Catholic celestial hierarchy. In the nineteenth century this form of folk art developed in the central highlands of Puerto Rico. These cheerful images were deeply revered by the peasant farmers as the embodiment of an invisible and powerful presence which brought sympathetic feeling and fellowship to the community.
Summary:
One copy in four volumes (872 pp.) of the typescript of Lange's dissertation "Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico (1975)" by Yvonne Lange. The dissertation, written for the Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania, attempts to analyse the phenomenon of the "santos" by describing its major features and to explain its existence through the historical, socio-economic, and religious factors that influenced it. This work is illustrated with photographic prints, most of which were taken by the author, mounted on text pages. Some of the santos described and illustrated are from Smithsonian collections, including the Teodoro Vidal Collection.
Cite as:
Division of Community Life Dissertation Series: Lange, Yvonne, Santos: The Household Wooden Saints of Puerto Rico (1975), AC NMAH
Topic:
Religion
Santos (Art)
Folk art
Christian saints
Idols and images
Art--Collecting and Collectors
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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