"San Geronimo Church (Taos Pueblo, NM)" Taos Local Custom Tip by leafmcgowan

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  San Geronimo Church
by leafmcgowan

built in 1850 is a Registered National Historic Landmark. It is one of the youngest buildings in the village. It is an extroadinary example of the architectural achievements of the natives. As you enter, note the fine carved wooden beams of vigas and choir loft. The thickness of the adobe walls that the support the high ceiling offer the best natural insulation making the summers cool and the winters warm within the thick walls. The central altar figure or Santo is the Virgin Mary, along with other Santos that were brought by the early Spanish missionaries. The Virgin Mary within the native religion depicts the parallel of Mother Nature. The outfits that drape the saints are changed according to the seasons. The Natives incorporated their values into the altar to remind themselves of cultural values. To the right is a symbolic casket, which were placed in missions throughout the New World to convert the natives to Catholic funeral practices. Today about 3/4 of the population shares in some of the Catholic practices while the native rituals perseveres 100% in daily life. The Native religion is verbally passed down from generation to generation. The Kivas are just one of the sacred religious shrines. They are off limits to non-members. Mass is conducted each Sunday morning at 7 am by a priest that is shared with the catholic Church in the Town of Taos. The Taos Pueblo Governor's Officials known as Fiscales maintain the Church.

Website: http://www.taospueblo.com

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  • Written Dec 26, 2005
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