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One of the Peruvian customs I found interesting and endearing is the habit of dressing up the statues of the saints and holy figures in the churches and convents.  While they were somewhat reminiscent of the mannikins in store windows back home, it was touching that people cared about the statues enough to dress them in custom-made outfits.  Some of the costumes were quite elaborate.  This velvet outfit is perhaps more befitting a king than a humble saint.  But it’s clearly a way of honoring the saint.

The detail of the carving is also lovely.  I found the various facial expressions mesmerizing.  Most of the statues were life-sized.  The realistic clothing just made them seem that much more alive to me.

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