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EX VOTO

An ex-voto is a votive offering to a saint or divinity. It is given in fulfilment of a vow (hence the Latin term, short for "ex voto suscepto", or "from the vow made") or in gratitude or devotion. Ex-votos are placed in a church or chapel where the worshipper seeks grace or wishes to give thanks. The destinations of pilgrimages often include shrines decorated with ex-votos.

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Ex-votos can take a wide variety of forms. They are not only intended for the religious figure, but also as a testimony to later visitors of the help received. As such they may include texts explaining a miracle attributed to the holy figure, or symbols such as a painted or modeled reproduction of a miraculously healed body part, or a directly related item such as a crutch given by a person formerly lame.

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