Our Lady of Guadalupe

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The Virgin of Guadalupe was first seen by a peasant named Juan Diego, one of the first Mexican converts to Christianity, in 1531. Just ten years after the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan fell to Cortes and his Conquistadors, Diego was crossing Tepeyac hill, formerly the site of an Aztec temple, when he was halted by a blinding light and the viraculous vision of a beautiful dark-skinned woman who declared herself to be the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. She asked him to persuade the Bishop of Mexico to ...

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Overview

The Virgin of Guadalupe was first seen by a peasant named Juan Diego, one of the first Mexican converts to Christianity, in 1531. Just ten years after the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan fell to Cortes and his Conquistadors, Diego was crossing Tepeyac hill, formerly the site of an Aztec temple, when he was halted by a blinding light and the viraculous vision of a beautiful dark-skinned woman who declared herself to be the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. She asked him to persuade the Bishop of Mexico to build a church there. When the incredulous bishop wanted proof, she made roses grow on a hillside in December, cured Diego's uncle, and, finally, presented Diego with an image of herself, miraculously imprinted on his cloak. That cloak now hangs behind the altar of the Basilica of Guadalupe on Tepeyac, which stands to this day as one of the great pilgrimage sites in the Americas.

A complex mix of Catholic and Aztec iconography, the Lade of Guadalupe has been revered for centuries as both the traditional Catholic Mother of God and the incarnation of Aztec female deities both cruel and gentle. Today she has a wide following among feminists, the poor, Chicanos, and other people who feel themselves to be dispossessed. To them, she represents both a nurturing mother and a revolutionary leader. She also stands as a strong symbol of ethnic identity and the transcendence of that identity through meztizaje, the mixing of different races.

This sophisticated pop-up book presents the story of hte Lady of Guadalupe for both adults and children. An authentic mixture of Mexican, native, and Spanish styles, the brightly colored illustrations present an iconic image of the Virgin that will appeal to all those who look to her as a religious, political, or cultural force.

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Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati
This story of Juan Diego and the Blessed Mother is a compelling one. She appears to the poor Mexican on a hill named Tepeyac outside Mexico City. She asks Diego to go to the Bishop with her mission-to build a church on the hilltop. This sturdy pop-up book details Diego's struggle to convince the Bishop that the mother of God had actually appeared to him, a lowly peasant. The Bishop finally believes Diego's message when Mary gives him a sign of her presence-a profusion of flowers blooming in January on the hillside. Diego carries the blossoms back to the Bishop in his cloak, which now has an image of Mary as she had appeared to him on Tepeyac. The Bishop fulfills the mission. He hangs Diego's cloak in the sacred house built for the Immaculate Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, which has been a place of solace and refuge since that time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780888993359
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books
  • Publication date: 6/11/1998
  • Edition description: POP-UP
  • Pages: 12
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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