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On the road home, so time for another roadside shrine - this time to Difunta Correa.

The story behind the picture: during the civil wars of the 1840s, Mrs Correa was following her conscripted hubby and his regiment: carrying food, water and their baby son. Crossing a desert she got left behind and ran out of food, water, etc. When mule drivers came across her remains she was deceased (difunta), but with the baby boy still suckling at her breast.

Difunta Correa is another folk-saint, with the alleged survival of her alleged baby son cited as her first miracle. The huge pile of bottles in the photograph, is not a load of rubbish, but offerings to her: they are all filled with water so that she can have something to drink. The man getting in to the car had just dropped off a full bottle of water and picked up a bottle which had been there for a while (and obviously absorbed the full power of the shrine) - this water was poured on to the car tyres to ensure that it travelled safely.

I have also included the Ford Falcon as another archetypal Argentinian image. Like many Latin American countries, it is only within the last twenty years or so that consumers have been offered more than 8 or 10 different models of cars: so much as México has the Volkswagen beetle, Argentina has the Ford Falcon: quite a common sight on the roads in various states of disrepair or reconstruction.

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  • Copyright: Iain Pearson (iainsp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 482 W: 0 N: 698] (3298)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-09-18
  • Categories: Ceremonias
  • Versión de la foto: Versión original
  • Date Submitted: 2010-09-24 18:13
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