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Gauchito Gil was Argentina’s Robin Hood (photos)

by | 8th, January 2012

LEGEND has it that ‘Gauchito Gil’ was an outlaw in the 1800s who stole form the rich and gave to the poor. Legend has it that Gaunchito Gil performed miracles and had a direct line to God, and that he saved the life of his executioner’s son after his own death. Gil, nee Antonio Mamerto Gil Nunez, was executed on Jan. 8, 1878. On the anniversary of his death, tens of thousands of people visit his shrine in Mercedes to leave offerings and ask for favours. In Merry Olde England Robin Hood also stole from the rich and gave to the poor. He got a whole load of TV mini series and is remembered by Hoodies in shopping precincts throughout the land…

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A woman touches a statue of 'Gauchito Gil' inside his sanctuary a day before his death anniversary, near Mercedes, in Argentina's Corrientes state, some 700 kms north of Buenos Aires, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. 'Gauchito Gil' is a legendary character in Argentina's popular culture, an 1800s outlaw who became a symbol of bravery, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Born Antonio Mamerto Gil Nunez in the 1840s, was allegedly executed on Jan. 8, 1878. Every year on his death anniversary, more than 100,000 people visit his shrine to leave offerings and ask for favors. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)



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