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Holy healing dirt?

Deanna Keahey  ·  Mar 2, 2008  ·  7 Comments

Santuario de Chimayo, near Santa FeThe Santuario de Chimayo is a small church not far from Santa Fe. It's main claim to fame is its healing dirt. Pilgrims come here from far and wide, hoping to be cured of whatever ails them. Some rub the dirt on their bodies; some even eat it. A collection of crutches and braces at the site attests to its effectiveness.

The story of the Santuario started in 1810, when Bernardo Abeyta found a buried cross shining a bright light from underground. This miraculous cross kept returning to the same location, no matter where they took it. Eventually Bernardo became the first to be cured at this spot. Many more have followed, and the Santuario was built on the site.

Now the pastor of the church is sowing doubt among believers. He has faith in the miracles, but says they come from God, not the dirt.

New York Times: A pastor begs to differ with flock

Personally, I've got a baggie of healing dirt from a visit to Chimayo a few years ago. It's sitting in a drawer in the bathroom, and it seems to be working fine from there. I haven't been sick or injured in the meantime, except for a sprained ankle when whitewater rafting in northern Canada, thousands of miles away from my dirt. Could that be just coincidence?? :-)

We'll be visiting Chimayo on our Santa Fe trip in September. It's well worth a visit, and we provide baggies in case you want to sample the healing dirt. Hey, what can it hurt? While you're there, check out Holy Chiles across the way for some of the best chile products in New Mexico.

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Posted from:   Mesa, AZ      Photo credit:   Deanna Keahey

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santa Fe: Photo of miraculous Chimayo Santuario // May 23, 2008 at 11:13 am

    [...] ailments for centuries, and thousands of pilgrims visit each year seeking a cure. Many believe the secret is in the healing dirt. (I’ve got my bag of dirt at [...]

  • 2 Howdy // Feb 26, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Wish I should have much time for travelling....Santa Fe seems to be great place to visite...interesting post!

    Howdy�s last blog post.. Mexico for honeymoons and romantic journeys

  • 3 Deanna Keahey // Mar 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Howdy - New Mexico has a huge amount of variety, and Santa Fe is one of my favorite cities. Definitely worth a visit if you're headed that direction some day!

  • 4 Pennsylvania Minerals // Oct 18, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    As a mineral collector and traveler myself, I have felt the healing power of the earth. Thanks for the great travel post!

  • 5 Hybridbil // Jan 14, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so! really nice post...

  • 6 paulthe1 // Jul 3, 2010 at 3:06 am

    This is a amazing blog , i am really impressed about this site. keep writting,good job !

  • 7 todd // Oct 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    this healing dirt gave a patient of mine herpes zoster...stupid people

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