50 years later, Treze Almas attracts devotees

50 years later, Treze Almas attracts devotees
50 years later, Treze Almas attracts devotees
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It’s the transition from a case of haunting to devotion. We can’t fit supernatural or inexplicable issues into the middle column: either we have a very religious and dogmatic view, within very inflexible margins, or we make it complete exoticism, that it doesn’t need to be considered because it’s a ghost story, infantilizing this relationship, explains Thiago de Souza, 44, researcher and creator of the project “O que te Assombra”, which tours haunted places in São Paulo.

Today, at the site of the graves, there is a chapel with plaques thanking the graces achieved. Built around 10 years after the burial of the souls, according to Seu Gugu, it is maintained in a partnership between devotees and the cemetery administration. Through the Thirteen Souls, requests related to houses, colleges and even children were fulfilled.

The place is a pilgrimage destination every day, but especially on Mondays, the day of the souls. “Go devout from all over Brazil”, says Seu Gugu.

Bottles of water on top of the tombs of the Thirteen Souls Image: Lucas Almeida/UOL

The water tradition also remains strong. In each of the tombs it is possible to see an open bottle, which, according to the administration of the Vila Alpina Cemetery, as it is called today, is removed and changed frequently to avoid sources of dengue infection.

Cemetery miracle workers

Devotion to the Thirteen Souls is an entirely popular movement. There is no participation or endorsement by the Catholic Church, which has a “complicated” relationship with cemetery miracle workers, as these “saints” not canonized or recognized by the Vatican are known. The chapel, therefore, does not host masses.


The article is in Portuguese

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