The Cross of Caravaca is a betrayal crucifx-barred in which the figure of Jesus is flanked by two winged angels who kneel in prayer postures. The arms of the Saviour nailed to the upper cross bar, and complementary projects extensively cross bars on the sides. The original of this cross appeared miraculously in the Spanish town of Caravaca during the 14th century is said to contain a fragment of the True Cross on which Jesus was crucified. Caravaca is known by archaeologists as the site of one of the oldest settlements in Spain, occultists as a former stronghold of the mysterious Knights Templar, and to historians as a military fortress occupied during the struggle to expel the Moors and restore christiantity in Spain.
In Mexico, the cross of Caravaca has been a popular religious amulet from the colonial era. Some say that an original copy of the first Christian cross brought to Mexico, others tell me that the copy was brought to Mexico by Father Junipero Serra and led by him as he traveled through Mexico and California. In any case, the cross of Caravaca is a major in the Mexican and Mexican-American religious folklore element in which it is considered to have special powers to grant wishes and prayers.
The use of the Caravaca Cross of wish-fulfillment goes back at least to the 19th century Documentation of a novena to St. Roch, protector of fevers and epidemic diseases, says the pamphlet, published in Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1833, was illustrated with a picture of this cross.
The Cross of Caravaca commonly in the home and business Mexican charm known as The Secret of virtuous Herradura which is represented by a piece of paper embossed gold attached to a document in the form of red cross tones, in turn attached a wooden cross placed inside a real horseshoe, used that has been wrapped in red thread. Specific grants wish this amulet is financial success.
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