stop a major volcanic eruption.
Legend has it that the eruption stopped.
Ever since, in times of crisis and on August 15th and in December,
altars are set up for prayers to "Santa Maria."
Now is one of those times of trouble, with extremely heavy rains
plaguing the surrounding countryside right now. (The resulting
flooding has wiped out homes, killed animals and ruined highways like
the one we were on yesterday!)
This altar is in the hospital maternity ward.