Under the sign of Tonatzin

By Jade Arroyo

Beyond religion, the Virgin Morena stands as a central icon of Mexican culture. It symbolizes our mestizo identity, the mix of races, cultures and creeds that make up this surrealistic country that is Mexico.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is known as Tonatzin in Nahuatl and means “our venerable little mother.” Adorned with roses and praised with songs, her precious image carries the weight of our history and identity.

Pure syncretism of national identity: The indigenism and the passion that underlie the norms; the weight of the cross and the cult to the mother and having faith in miracles.

The Mexican is a person who surrenders to his faith and enforces it, and part of it is to indulge in celebrations with devotion, especially to its spiritual mother.


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