The crosses in the painting on the wall keep the afterlife ever present no matter how festive the dinner.
Bernalillo, New Mexico
All across New Mexico, small town cemetaries are filled with handmade shrines and gravestones. This simple welded cross sits at the top of an unmarked grave tucked into the corner of the Our Lady of Sorrows graveyard in Old Bernalillo.
Church Tower with Cross, Chimayo Church
Chimayo, New Mexico
Chavez Cross, Courtyard at Sanctuario
Chimayo, New Mexico
Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, Chimayo
Red Celtic Cross
Alexandra Grey 2009
Our Free Red Celtic Square Cross is a simplified version of an eighth century square Celtic cross-decorated vertical grave stone in Fahan Mura, Co. Donegal.
In early Britain, suicides were buried at the crossroad under the crude cross that the two roads represented, adding to the air of the supernatural. Crossroads also symbolize the space “betwixt and between” where miracles can happen and mystical forces could be contacted just before dawn.
The four cross arms of the square Celtic cross represent the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The center shows the 4 elements meeting at a crossroads.
The Fahan Mura Cross rests in a quiet graveyard next alongside the road from Letterkenny to Buncarna.
This early 7th century cross-slab is 6 1/2 feet and demonstrates a close connection with Scotland, where the shape is more common. The intertwined hand carved knotwork is believed to represent the Tree of Life with its roots on the earth and its branches high in the air symbolized a connection between heaven and earth.
For more images of the Fahan Mura Standing Slab, click here.
Nambe Cemetery, Nambe New Mexico
Tucked away in a far corner, this small, weathered cross with new flowers shows that the hidden grave hasn’t been forgotten.
Cross of the DayChimayo, New Mexico Chapel
The old chapel before the updated new Folk Artist look.
Stations of the Cross at Christ in the Desert
15 miles past Abiquiu, New Mexico