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FT-52343-04Research Programs: Summer StipendsRussell Leigh SharmanSaints and Outcasts: Race and Idolatry in Costa Rica1/15/2005 - 3/15/2005$5,000.00RussellLeighSharman   CUNY Research Foundation, Brooklyn CollegeBrooklynNY11210-2850USA2004AnthropologySummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

This study will examine race, religion and nationalism in the veneration of La Negrita, the Patroness of Costa Rica. Both an apparition and a holy relic, La Negrita is a 20-centimeter, dark-colored statue of the Virgin Mary that appeared to a part-African girl in 1635. The proposed study will explore why La Negrita was chosen as Patroness of Costa Rica in 1824 over an older, "whiter" image of the virgin, and how the beginnings of Costa Rican nationalism were connected to religious and racial ideologies. It will also research why contemporary black Costa Ricans, a consistently marginalized population, have not adopted La Negrita as their own Patroness.