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Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries

Mexican Phoenix: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries (Paperback)

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Juan Diego, to whom the Virgin Mary appeared in 1531 miraculously imprinting her likeness on his cape, was canonised in Mexico in 2002 by Pope John Paul II. In 1999, the revered image of Our Lady of Guadalupe had been proclaimed patron saint of the Americas by the Pope. How did a poor Indian and a sixteenth-century Mexican painting of the Virgin Mary attract such unprecedented honours? Across the centuries the enigmatic power of the image has aroused fervent devotion in Mexico: it served as the banner of the rebellion against Spanish rule and, despite scepticism and anti-clericalism, still remains a potent symbol of the modern nation. This book traces the intellectual origins, the sudden efflorescence and the adamantine resilience of the tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe and will fascinate anyone concerned with the history of religion and its symbols.

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryGeneral & world historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian theology Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 19/12/2002 ISBN-13: 9780521531603  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David Brading is Professor of Mexican History, University of Cambridge.

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