Monday, November 24, 2008

Santa Maria Music Monday

Here is a famous cantiga of Alphonso X of Spain. Written in Galician-Portuguese, but set to Andalusian sounding music, it is a tale of a man who was crippled because of his sins. He was treated horribly by all around him and suffered greatly until he made a vow to bring a large amount of wax to the shrine of the Virgin at Salas. At this point he was cured completely and was able to walk to the shrine without any pain. At the shrine he praised the Virgin and vowed to continue his pilgrimages from this point on.


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