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Saint Sara e Kali



The origins of this saint are mysterious enough. There are some who say she was the daughter of Jesus...Though the more common version is that she was the Egyptian maid of one of the three Maries.
Her brown-skinned effigy sat in a dark basement of a church in the Camargue until Roma Gypsies started coming- They adopted her as their very own saint, maybe because of her dark skin, or her distant origin. They lovingly named her "Sara e Kali"- Sara the black.
Each year thousands gather here, and ritually carry the statue into the sea. There are other rites as well- of unclear origin, ancient, memories maybe of a land and religion long left behind.
The Roma are said to have come from India. Durga, or Kali "The black one" is the Hindu goddess of creation, sickness and death. Is Sara Durga in a Catholic package? This may be over-simplifying things, but I depicted her as such anyway.

This is part 3 of a 7 part series of lino cuts of unusual saints. I didn't make these up, they are all real "people's" saints, though not all of them approved by "Rome". I'm afraid the scanner isn't doing them any favours.
And by the way, I'm not catholic, I'm just having an interest.
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This is one of my favorite folk saints, and sadly under-represented in art. Thank you for making this fantastic litho! I can't wait to see the rest!