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Guadalupe, the Mother of México? Lecture at Biblioteca Reveals All

Guadalupe, the Mother of Mexico

By Aldo Ibarra Avilés

México is considered one of the most Catholic countries in the world. Since the Spanish Conquest, there has been a conflict over the origins of the deeply ingrained Catholicism in México. For many years, historians and religion specialists have been studying the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Is she a legend, a myth, a made-up story, the mother of all Mexicans—which one of these versions is the truth?

Nowadays, the Virgin of Guadalupe is considered the most important and powerful religious image in México. Her celebration on December 12 is one of the largest pilgrimages in the world. Millions of people stop whatever they are doing that day to take some time to go to the closest church to pray, worship, leave some flowers, and mourn in honor of their Mother.

In this lecture, we will learn the story behind the Virgin of Guadalupe and how it has changed through the years—before, during, and after the Conquest. We will also learn about Tonantzin, Tepeyac, Juan Diego, Juan de Zumárraga, and other important characters and places related to her image. We will ask questions like: how did these figures impact religion in México? What is fictional and what is real about the Virgin’s story?

Join us this coming December 11 at 3pm in Teatro Santa Ana at the Biblioteca for this informative lecture about the Virgin of Guadalupe. The cost per person is 150 pesos.



“Guadalupe, the Mother of México?”

Aldo Ibarra Avilés

Tue, Dec 11, 3pm

Teatro Santa Ana

La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

150 pesos


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