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”.

Santuario de la Difunta Correa, Prov. San Juan, Argentina, 2008.

The shrine to Difunta Correa, a folk saint venerated by many in Argentina, Chile and elsewhere, is one of the strangest sights in the Western Hemisphere! Thousands are drawn yearly to the rather remote desert shrine, and many leave gifts including military uniforms, school examination books, and small models of cars, houses, and other buildings. Worth a visit, if a little hard to get to. 

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.

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Santuario Difunta Correa / Vallecito, SJ, Argentina.

“La “Difunta Correa” encierra una profunda e impactante historia de amor y fidelidad, y es hoy el   fenómeno social – religioso extra-Iglesia, mas importante de América Latina”. Visite Difunta Correa

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