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Statues Of Puerto Rico; Art or Worship?

Updated on March 1, 2015
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A Gringo who moved to Puerto Rico, Greg loves writing about the island he now resides on. He and Maria also wrote several bilingual books...

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As my beautiful wife shows me the amazing land of her ancestry, I am in awe at the beauty that surrounds me. God made Puerto Rico a paradise. The palm trees and the oceans, the rainforest and mountains just take my breath away. There are many artists here selling their wares on street-corners and in the main area of San Juan where tourists roam after getting off one of the cruise ships they embarked on for a 3,5 or 7 day Caribbean cruise.

What has really caught my eye are the many statues. So many forms of statues. I have taken some pictures of some of them. You can see them at the right. These are just a few, there are many, many more.

Bible Scriptures on Statues

Exodus 20: 4-5

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me

Exodus 34: 13

But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves

Deuteronomy 12: 3

And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

Almost, if not every, pueblo you enter has a statue of some kind to represent that pueblo or town.

I must say as a Christian, this does bother me. Yes, art is neat and cool, but...

Look at the Bible verses on the right.

Yes, anywhere you go you will find statues, but I must say that I have never been anywhere that has the amount of statues that Puerto Rico does.

I wrote a hub not long ago about a religion that is practiced here and in Cuba and in other parts of the world; Santeria. They are known to worship inanimate objects and give alms to them. I wonder how many of their statues or carvings have actually spent the money or eaten the food they have placed before them.

It is my duty as a follower of Jesus Christ to let you all know that building statues is not of God. He wants our worship and our undivided attention.

Many of these statues seem harmless, but really are they. There are others that depict some evil in my eyes.

I am praying; praying against evil forces inhabiting this island paradise. I am praying for a revival here like no other.Let God's power overwhelm Puerto Rico and let the Holy Spirit just flow freely.

God has a plan here and I believe Puerto Rico is one of the "front lines" in the good/evil battle. I believe there are Angels and Demons fighting over this small island and the people here 24/7. Your prayers can help. God hears the prayers of righteous people, so I ask you now; at this very moment, please pray for the spiritual needs in Puerto Rico. Please pray for all the people here and pray against the evil forces trying to cause chaos and upheaval in this magnificent island between the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean ocean.

I pray that if God is angry with some or all of these statues, that He destroy them be it with a storm or however He chooses.

Let God reign in glory and power and I will worship Him all my days!

I also pray that any statues in this whole wide world that He is displeased with would also be destroyed.

May Satan be defeated and all of God's foes be banished from misleading mankind. I pray all this in the name of the mighty and powerful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ our King!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2011 Greg Boudonck


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      xiomara 6 years ago

      Sorry about i misspelled "express"

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      Xiomara 6 years ago

      Hi Froggy 213,

      I added your Avatar in the "Puerto Rico Art or Worship"? Artists have the ability to draw/build/ and espress an unbeliable concepts of their mind to attract critics like you for admiration or critizism. To be honest I can't see or find anything wrong with those statues. But as a reader I need to express my view on this subject. By the way Santeria is an entertainment ritual that I don't pay attention. Peace and Harmony.

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      Betty Ruiz 6 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

      Thanks, KID SISTER Maria Ruiz! Hehehe!!!

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      Maria Ruiz 6 years ago

      Hey sister Betty Ruiz...good for you on that reply.

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      Betty Ruiz 6 years ago from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

      Most statues around and about our island are mainly for artistic appreciation... to decorate parks, to have something that brings crowds together in, say, a political celebration honoring a dead chief or former political figure. Renown artists and sculptors are paid lots of money for their sculptures and artistic objects and the island serves as a public gallery for everyone to appreciate and/or criticize them. I must acknowledge the fact that there are religious figures or statues (Virgin Mary, Holy Cross, Jesus Christ, various saints...)that are worshiped or idolized but only to some extent and within a localized shrine or enclosed building (temple, church)... and by Christians, religious devotees, Catholics, and many more, including "santeros" and spiritualists, and even devil worshipers. As soon as their ceremony finishes, all that's left are floral offerings and burnt candlesticks left to the wind... Nobody REALLY idolizes a statue here in Puerto Rico. If it were the case, worshipers would not allow pigeons to leave their droppings on them. Don't you think?

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      Greg Boudonck 6 years ago from Will soon return to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you honey.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 6 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Froggy, in a way I understand your position and I am learning what you've been trying to teach me: "Readers will receive the message with what they have inside and not necessarily what the meaning is".

      There is a fact which makes "big" to you things going around my lovely island...and it is our measures compared to wherever. Statues? they are mainly sculptures...we have many good artists here. Keep praying that brings us good.

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      Dora Weithers 6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Your hub title poses a thought-provoking question. It would be interesting to hear the Puerto Ricans answer. Thanks for the pictures and the hub.