The Statues at Pigo Catholic Cemetery

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Soon after arriving on Guam, you’ll see that Catholicism plays a big part in the local culture. “Family” is considered first and foremost in traditional Chamorro culture- something strongly supported by the Catholic Church.

Socially, this is exemplified by annual village fiestas held by local villages. Each honors that village’s particular patron saint.

The statues at Pigo Catholic Cemetery, depicting Jesus Christ and the 12 apostles, are an impressive display of faith. They dominate the landscape on Marine Corps Drive (aka Highway 1), just south of Agaña. They are well worth a stop for anyone who’s interested in larger-than-life statues.

Pigo Catholic Cemetery: Photos

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Pigo Catholic Cemetery: Directions

You really can’t miss it. Just drive south on Marine Corps Drive. The cemetery comes up just after Agaña proper.

Pigo Catholic Cemetery: Map

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Pigo Catholic Cemetery: Worth It?

Yes. There’s probably much more to explore within the cemetery proper.

Pigo Catholic Cemetery: Links

A Really Neat Interactive Panorama

Transmission of Christianity into Chamorro Culture

Integration of Catholicism into Guam and its People

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agaña

Honoring of Saints

 

 

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