Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
(The Wishing Shrine)
[ Spanish Translation: ]
(La Capilla de Anhelos)
Erected 1988 by Tucson Historical Committee and Arizona Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Arizona, The Presidio Trail marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 221 South Main Avenue, Tucson AZ 85701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carrillo Intermediate School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Teatro Carmen (about 400 feet away); Cushing Street (about 700 feet away); McCormick Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Convent Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sosa-Carillo-Frémont House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stone Avenue (approx. ¼ mile away); Ochoa Street (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
Regarding El Tiradito. Perhaps the most unusual of Tucson's historic landmarks is the Mexican religious shrine known as "El Tiradito" (The Outcast), which is dedicated not to a saint, but to a sinner who died violently and dishonorably. This "Wishing Shrine," manifesting the complete antithesis of San Augustin Church, or any other religious edifice, for that matter, has, for over three-quarters of a century been revered by Mexicans, Indians and Anglo-Americans. They believed, and still do, that their wishes would come true if their candles burned through the night. In 1928, the
Regarding El Tiradito (The Wishing Shrine).
El Tiradito (The Wishing Shrine) is #10 on the Presidio Trail Walking Tour.
The description reads:
“This shrine is typical of small shrines in many communities in Mexico, where people come to burn candles and pray, asking for help with their problems. One legend associated with this shrine involves a tragic love triangle in the 1870s, with a husband killing his wife’s lover. A priest would not let the man be buried in the consecrated cemetery so local people lit candles at this location to pray for his soul.”
Also see . . . El Tiradito Shrine an Ode to Local Hispanic Folklore. An article by Trista Davis published in the El Independient on 10/23/09 giving three difference folklore stories of the shrine. (Submitted on January 3, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,739 times since then and 62 times this year. Last updated on May 6, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.