|Mano Poderosa del Árbol de la Vida por Tanya Torres|
Powerful Hand of the Tree of Life by Tanya Torres, Oil on canvas, 20" x 16", 2012.
I don't think I ever noticed a Mano Poderosa icon before visiting El Museo del Barrio some time after arriving in New york City in 1985. Like many other religious images, it seems for be popular depending on the region and the tendencies of the people who live there. It is in fact the type of Cristian icon that has become syncretized with the African and Indigenous religions of America. That is probably why I never saw it before.