St. Raymond Nonnatus

St. Raymond Nonnatus

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San Ramón Nonato is associated with secrets and silence. He is the patron saint of both victims of gossip and women in labor. Born in Catalonia in the early 13th century, his mother died in labor and he was surgically removed from her womb. He was an ardent and persecuted Christian missionary in North Africa. To stop him from converting others to Christianity, his lips were pierced with a hot iron and clamped shut with a lock.
Description (Spanish)
San Ramón Nonato se relaciona con los secretos y el silencio. Él es el santo patrón de las víctimas de chismes y de las mujeres que dan a luz. Nació en Cataluña a principios
del siglo XIII; su madre falleció durante el alumbramiento y debió extraerse al niño del vientre materno mediante cirugía. Se convirtió en un ardiente proselitista cristiano, por lo cual fue activamente perseguido en el norte de África. A fin de evitar que siguiera convirtiendo a otros seguidores al cristianismo, se le perforaron los labios con un hierro candente y se le sujetaron con un candado.
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Puerto Rico
Physical Description
handmade (overall production method/technique)
wood; paint (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
overall: 15 cm x 5 cm x 3.5 cm; 5 7/8 in x 1 15/16 in x 1 3/8 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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National Museum of American History
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