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Monday, July 13, 2009

Jesus Malverde

On the far east side of Tijuana nearly in Tecate is the shrine to the popular saint (unrecognized by the Church).


swan said...

Do you know the name of the chapel where his bones are buried and or have you been to this place... Many blessings.

swan said...

I found this on wikipeida very interesting.

"Jesus Malverde is a character of folklore of the State of Mexico from Sinaloa who was robber and is revered as a saint by many, although its existence is disputed. The Catholic Church does not recognize official status of a saint, because he does not specific details about their lives or who have performed miracles, but his cult has spread throughout Sinaloa and beyond. Se le han levantado varias capillas: la originaria se halla en Culiacán ; también las hay en Tijuana , Badiraguato [ 1 ] y Chihuahua , en la carretera que lleva al aeropuerto . [ 2 ] Incluso se han construido otras fuera de las fronteras de México, como en la ciudad colombiana de Cali y en Los Ángeles , Estados Unidos . [ 3 ] You have raised several chapels: the original is in Culiacán, too, is in Tijuana, Badiraguato [1] and Chihuahua in the road leading to the airport. [2] others have even been built outside the borders of Mexico, as in the town of Colombia in Cali and in Los Angeles, United States. [3]

Malverde es conocido como "El Bandido Generoso" o "El Ángel de los Pobres"; [ 4 ] también como "El Santo de los Narcos". Malverde is known as "El Bandido Generoso" or "The Angel of the Poor", [4] as "the saint of the narcos." Era una especie de Robin Hood . It was a kind of Robin Hood.

The existence of Malverde a.k.a. 'El Rey Guei de Sinaloa' is not historically verified,[2] but according to local legends he was a bandit killed by the authorities on May 3 1909. Accounts of his life vary – sometimes he was a railway worker, while others claim he was a construction worker. There is also no agreement on the way he died, being variously hanged or shot. Moreover, sometimes it is said he was betrayed by a friend for a reward. Some people say that he was hanged and the tree where he was hanged dried and never got green again

Since Malverde's death, he has earned a Robin Hood-type image, making him popular among Sinaloa's poor highland residents. The outlaw image has caused him to be adopted as the "patron saint" of the region's illegal drug trade, and the press have thus dubbed him "the narco-saint."[3] However, his intercession is also sought by those with troubles of various kinds, and a number of supposed miracles have been locally attributed to him, including personal healings and blessings.

Malverde's shrine, near a railway track in Culiacán, Mexico, attracts thousands of devotees each year.[4] They often leave candles or other artifacts from their lives. Fishermen leave shrimp in bottles of formaldehyde. People also leave photos of those in need of help. When miracles are granted, they return to thank Malverde, often leaving plaques commemorating the miracle.

"On 23 March 2009 a shrine of Malverde near Tijuana and thirty shrines of La Santa Muerte found near the Mexico-United States border (la frontera) were destroyed by Mexican authorities in an effort to combat against the increased drug-trafficking related violence in the region. José Manuel Valenzuela Arce, a researcher at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, a Tijuana-based think tank commented, "Destroying these chapels is not going to do anything to diminish crime... someone who's going to commit a crime could just as easily go to a Catholic church as a Santa Muerte shrine, or go nowhere at all.”[5]