The image of el Niño de Atocha originated at the time of the Moorish invasion of the town of Atocha, Spain. The legend tells of the Moors' prevention of anyone but children to visit the Christians in prison. The families of the prisoners prayed every day knowing there was not enough food or water to feed them. One day a child came dressed as a pilgrim carrying a staff, a basket and a gourd of water. The prisoners were fed, but the basket and the gourd remained full.
In retablo art, the Child wears a brimmed hat with a plume and a robe or cape. In his left hand he carries a pilgrim's staff, a gourd, a pair of shackles, and a few spears of wheat. In his right hand he holds a basket which generally contains flowers or bread. He is usually shown seated.
The Child of Atocha, believed to be the Child Jesus, is the patron saint of prisoners. He also protects travelers and rescues people in danger.
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