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|Ex Voto Offereings.|
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One possibility is that they were made as ex voto offerings. That might include not only the sacred heart cobs but also other odd-shaped cobs such as those that are shaped like animals.
This picture shows a variety of ex voto objects from Italy. I suppose that might give us some clue about similar offerings from colonial Mexico even if traditions were somewhat different in Mexico.
Ex voto means "according to the promise I made." The objects were often left at a sanctuary or by a statue representation of a saint to give thanks for a blessing. I've also read that sometimes they were left to seal a vow.
It can be difficult to guess how old items were used. Part of the fun is doing the research and trying to figure it out. We still don't know for certain the purpose and use of the heart cobs and other odd shaped cobs.
The above picture of ex votos came from the following web site. You might want to check it out.
Cobs from the Panama mint are rare. They have a mint mark of "AP." The following linked web site says there are only 43 examples known to exist.
Here is a link to cobs from the Panama mint.
|Hoard Being Excavated.|
Source: See link below.
Here is the link for the rest of that story.
Another major monument has been discovered about a mile from Stonehenge.
Here is the link.
|Tropical Storm Henri.|
Expect something like a two foot surf through the weekend.