Patron saint of bloggers


That’s a goofy little roof.  What is it protecting?  The fake flowers or the passive-aggressive hedge?

Neither.  That roof is covering the adored noggin of “Nuestra Senora de la Luz”.  It’s another shrine to the Virgin Mary, AKA Luz.

Luz is the virgin of light.  Her image is painted on this tile wall which hangs on the side of a building on one of Tarifa’s main streets.  In case you want to stop by and say hello.

Luz has a proper little sanctuary eight kilometers out of town.  That’s where the actual 3D virgin lives.

This mini-shrine is a convenience for the citizens of Tarifa.  It’s like drive-thru religion.  If you get a hankering to say hi to the virgin you can just stroll by on your way to the bakery.

The sanctuary was built in the sixteenth century and Luz has been the patron saint of the town of Tarifa since the seventeenth.

Luz is the patron saint of  pregnant women, leather tanners, plumbers and electricians.  I am assuming that electricians was a post-seventeenth century addition to the list.

I had never thought of it before, but of course, these things need to be updated.  For example, the patron saints of blacksmiths, chimney sweeps  and guillotine operators don’t get a lot of business anymore.

So I’m wondering?  Who is the patron saint of bloggers, chatters and hackers?

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One comment

  1. ahhhhhh! … if she is the saint of Tarifa, could that also be the reason then why the coast of Tarifa is called Costa de la LUZ?!?!?!?!?!????! ….. I always thought it just means nice and simple “coast of light”. 😀

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