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  • James S. Wood / Arizona Daily Star

White Angels carry the Nacimiento, during the 72nd annual Las Posadas procession put on by Carrillo Elementary Magnet Schoool, Friday December…

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

This roadside painting by Epifaneo Molina is on Highway 15 as it goes through Imuris. It gives us the whole scene - except that the Virgin is …

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Shrine to the Virgin on the side of an automobile shop on the outskirts of Magdalena, Sonora.

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

The Virgin etched on the window of a low rider car.

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Assembling a float fir the evening Guadaupe procession, Querobabi, Sonora. The sign tells us that the float is sponsored by the Centro Guadalupano.

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

A curb protector in Villa Seris, Hermosillo, Sonora

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

The Virgin protecting traffic on the road east of Moctezuma, Sonora.

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Guadalupe altar outside a home near Carrilo School.

  • Jim Griffith, Special to the Arizona Daily Star

Juana Valencia with her miniature Tepeyac hill, December 12, 2000. Many residents of Querobabi, Sonora put up altars along the route taken by …

Big Jim Griffith's history and folklore blog, "Our Storied Desert Land," continues today at azstarnet.com/bigjim

  • Jim Griffith Special to the Arizona Daily Star

In the 1960s, a large chunk of what had been downtown Tucson was swallowed up by a huge Urban Renewal project. Old businesses and residential …

  • Jim Griffith Special to the Arizona Daily Star

In the 1920s, our shrine, El Tiradito, which had been downhill from its present location, was moved because of a street-widening project, and …