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Votive Offerings

Sometimes you can stumble across a corner in a Mallorcan church or monastery, where photos are displayed, often together with the strangest objects, such as a crutch, a letter, a lock of hair, a plaster cast, a walking stick, or whatever.

These corners or small rooms are dedicated to the public’s prayers of devotion and placement of votives, offered in the praise of a loved one or in the memory of lost friends or family members.

You can perhaps find a prayer there, written by a school girl asking for help during a forthcoming school exam, or a prayer, written by a mum whose son is joining the military service. Or someone may offer his or her thanks for coming out healed after an illness, an accident or a broken limb. Or a happy person shares his or her gratitude for having passed the driving test. Or a proud father offers thanks for the birth of his youngest child. Or a happy couple sharing their nuptial commitments.

It seems a nice tradition and a pleasant habit, touching in many ways.

The photo was taken in Manacor, Mallorca, Spain. The date: September 29th, 2008. The time was 12:48:43.

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