Currently Inspired: Milagros
Milagros are religious folk charms that are traditionally used as votive offerings in Latin America, Spain, & some other parts of Europe. The idea behind a milagro is that it is a physical representation of a prayer. For example, if someone is experiencing pain in their leg, a milagro in the shape of a leg would be attached to the robe or altar of a saint during prayer, to remind the saint of the content of the prayer. In addition to being used in prayer to request something, a milagro can also be utilized in a prayer of thanks. For instance, a farmer who wishes to give thanks for the birth of a healthy foal could attach a milagro in the shape of a horse to the saint. Milagros come in a variety of shapes & dimensions & are fabricated from many different materials, depending on local customs. For example, they might be nearly flat or fully three-dimensional; & they can be constructed from a number of materials including gold, silver, tin, lead, wood, bone, or wax. In Spanish, the word milagro literally means miracle or surprise.
From larger reproductions of milagros to more traditional milagro charms, we have a great collection of these fascinating objects here at the Paris Market. Stop by soon to see them for yourself!