December 11, 2012

El Tololoche de Juan García

On my final whirlwind sweep through the house in southern Illinois, the house I finally sold, I succeeded in retrieving this ex-voto/retablo.

Here is what is happening in the picture:

In the San Pedro train station, some thieves stole Juan García’s luggage while he was helping a lady with a child disembark. By the grace of the Blessed Virgin of San Juan, the thieves dropped Sr. García’s tololoche (a kind of stand-up bass) and he was able to retrieve it. It is his means of livelihood. He is a professional musician.


  1. Michael Grant Smith on December 12th, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Everything you need to know is right there in that painting.

  2. Sheila Ryan on December 12th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    That, Michael, is why I am so happy to have it.