Niño del Cacahuatitio

Mezquitic de la Magdalena, Jalisco

The Niño del Cacahuatito is a tiny image, about two inches tall, that was found during a well digging in the early nineteenth century. Cacahuate means “peanut” in Mexican Spanish and in the Niño’s name may allude to—or have inspired—the myth that the image was found inside a peanut shell. As evidenced clearly in the votive offerings, the Niño del Cacahuatito, like many other Niño images, has a specialization in childbirth and children. The Niño del Cacahuatito is also known as the Niño de Mezquitic.

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