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Our Lady of Guadalupe : the origins and sources of a Mexican national symbol, 1531-1797

Author: Stafford Poole
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, based on the story of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Indian neophyte, at the hill of Tepeyac in December 1531, is one of the most important formative religious and national forces in the history of Mexico. It has variously been interpreted as the source of Mexican national identity, a means of continuity between the Indian past and Spanish domination, a symbol  Read more...
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Poole, Stafford.
Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)657090879
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stafford Poole
ISBN: 0816515263 9780816515264 0816516235 9780816516230
OCLC Number: 31046653
Description: xi, 325 pages : facsimile ; 24 cm
Contents: New Spain in 1531 --
The events of Tepeyac --
Zumárraga and his contemporaries --
Testimonies to 1570 --
The corsair, the viceroy, and the friar --
A confusion of tongues: testimonies from 1572 to 1648 --
The woman of the apocalypse --
"It is a tradition, seek no further" --
The need for documentation: Francisco de Florencia and Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora --
La criolla triumphant --
La criolla challenged --
Conclusions --
Chronology.
Responsibility: by Stafford Poole.

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The devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, based on the story of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego, an Indian neophyte, at the hill of Tepeyac in December 1531, is one of the most important formative religious and national forces in the history of Mexico. It has variously been interpreted as the source of Mexican national identity, a means of continuity between the Indian past and Spanish domination, a symbol of national liberation, and a way of evangelizing and pacifying the Indians. The aphorism "Mexico was born at Tepeyac" aptly summarizes its importance. In this, the first work ever to examine in depth every historical source of the Guadalupe apparitions, Stafford Poole traces the origins and history of the account, and in the process challenges many commonly accepted assumptions and interpretations. This is revisionist history at its best and will undoubtedly provoke widespread scholarly debate.

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