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años often reflect the predominately Catholic faith of the artists. Traditional religious subjects include Our Lady of Guadalupe (the patron saint of Mexico) and Christ of the Crucifixion, affectionately known as "El Chuy." Crosses, rosaries, praying hands and pictures of saints are other common religious images. These paños express respect for, or belief in, the protective and redemptive power of these spiritual figures and of religion in general.


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