Returning from our overnight trip to see museums in Santa Fe, my parents and I drove the scenic byway known as the “High Road to Taos” which also brought us to the pilgrimage site of El Santuario de Chimayo, a space filled with history, brilliant floor-to-ceiling painted-and-carved panels called “reredoses” and, undeniably, a holy stillness. Pilgrims often walk to Chimayo, some starting as far away as Albuquerque, a pilgrimage of about 90 miles. The sanctuary is famous for containing an earthen “pocito” from which pilgrims take a bit of blessed “holy dirt” which many rub or carry on themselves in hopes of cures.
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