Difunta-Correa

Remember when I sad everyone around here practices magick, Santería, or some form of witchcraft, but won’t ever admit to being witches?

I wasn’t even kiding. I pass like five shrines for the Gauchito Gil on my way to work. They’re all by the road in the highways.

And don’t even get me started with the Equeco

God of prosperity and joy who shows up in the shape of a burdened traveler who will ask you to put a cigarette in his mouth since his hands are busy. The belief is that you should never turn down someone who asks for help because it could be the Equeco in disguise. We offer him cigarettes.

Or the Difunta Correa (Deceased Correa, which is a last name)

We leave her bottles filled with water as offerings because she died of thirst while following her forcefully army recruited husband across the San Juan desert, although her breast kept providing her child with milk under the scorching desert sun for, some say, days. 

Also here is Lourdes explaining how to heal the empacho and saying that you should carry a red ribbon in your wallet, in case you were wondering (vid. in Spanish):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBCaIjalNO0

Difunta Correa Shrine, Highway 7 Near Chilean Border and Cristo de los Andes, Prov. Mendoza Argentina, 2008.

A folk-created saint, veneration of  Difunta Correa is widespread in Argentina and adjacent countries. The story of a woman already dead but suckling a child is rather bizarre, as is the shrine in Prov. San Juan (shall post pictures later). Small roadside shrines such as this are common on major roads as Difunta Correa is especially venerated by truck drivers.

For the story see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Difunta_Correa  

Difunta Correa’s Shrine

A woman who died travelling in the tracks of the Montoneras through the desert of San Juan Province. When her supplies ran out, she died. Her body was found days later by gauchos that were driving cattle through, and to their astonishment found the baby still alive, feeding from the deceased woman’s “miraculously” ever-full breast.

Now, Argentineans build small altars along the roadway and leave bottles of water for Deolinda (now referred to as Difunta Correa, or Deceased Correa) who is now a saint, in order to “calm her eternal thirst”.

DEOLINDA CORREA, LA “DIFUNTA CORREA”  es una santa popular de origen argentino.

Dice la leyenda que, con su hijo lactante en brazos, fue en búsqued ade su marido; el cual había sido reclutado por la fuerza al ejército.

Hallándose en medio de la Pampa, Deolinda se queda sin alimentos ni agua y lo último que hace es abrazar a su hijo y pedir a Dios que lo salve, al sentir ella desfallecer.

Al día siguiente, unos arrieros encuentran el cuerpo de Deolinda con su hijo aun mamando de sus pechos, de los cuales seguía saliendo leche.

Desde ese entonces, se le ha conocido popularmente como “La difunta Correa”, símbolo del amor de esposa y madre, así como símbolo inequívoco de la abundancia de alimento en tiempos difíciles.