Proximity and Contact

The transmission of sacred power through contact is prominent in Mexico, even to the degree that touching, kissing, and otherwise putting oneself in physical contact with a miraculous image are predominant features of devotion. Devotees absorb sacred power as a general cleansing infusion conducive to wellbeing, or as a remedy for a specific disease, ailment, or injury. Contact with a miraculous image also strengthens the force of a petition, and objects or documents are sometimes touched to images to give a sacred boost to a particular enterprise.