Through Five Republics On Horseback Being An Account Of Many Wanderings In South America By G. Whitfield Ray

Andacilli is a hamlet, at which there is an image of the Virgin.
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"Andacilli Is A Hamlet, At Which There Is An Image Of The Virgin. Every Year Pilgrims Resort Thither, And A Great Feast To The Virgin Is Celebrated, The Most Important Day Being December 26th.

During the last few years there has been a falling off in the number of pilgrims, especially those of the better class, but this last year the clerical authorities have left no stone unturned in order to get together more people than ever.

Six bishops were advertised to come, and they were to crown the Virgin with a crown which cost thousands of dollars. These proceedings rouse an incredible enthusiasm in the people." [Footnote: "Regions Beyond."]

Sometimes Mary's image is baptized in the river, while men and women line the bank, ready to leap into the holy water when she is lifted out. Afterwards the water in which she was immersed is sold as a cure for bodily ills. Sometimes the earth from under the building where she is kept is also sold for the same purpose.

Imagine a church like that in Tucuru! "It consists of a palm-leaf hut, with a bare floor and no furniture whatever. Round the sides stand twelve life-size figures, made of canvas and stuffed with husks of corn, which some one of the Indian worshippers has painted with the features and dress of his own race. When I went in two women lay prostrate on the floor, and one of them screamed in agonizing tones, 'My Lords, send the rod of your power to heal him!' - evidently praying to these apostles on behalf of some sick relative.

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