La Virgen de Guadalupe

El Día de Guadalupe – misa y La Guadalupana

Mexico is full of Santos and Santas, but there is one that brings together all Mexicans and is an important part of the story of Mexicans as a people: La Virgen de Guadalupe.

The story of the Virgen of Guadalupe is that the Virgin herself appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego on The Mount of Tepeyac and asked to have a temple built in her honor.

Juan Diego went to the bishop and told him about the revelation, but the bishop did not believe him until the Virgin sent him to the bishop again, this time with evidence.

Tepeyac, which formerly housed a shrine for Mother Earth, now houses the older and the newer Basílica de Guadalupe, which you can see in the videos.

December 12th is the day of Guadalupe and pilgrims from all over the country travel to the Basilica. People also celebrate the day locally, as in the first video, where the owners and staff of a hotel celebrate mass together at the chapel and sing the traditional song La Guadalupana.

La Virgen de Guadalupe originates from both Catholic Christianity and Indigenous gods as is explained in the second video (see below).

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La antigua Basílica y el carillón

La Virgen de Guadalupe
La primera Basílica de Guadalupe
La Virgen de Guadalupe
Los peregrinos esperan la próxima actuación del Carillón.
La Virgen de Guadalupe
En el Carillón de La Basílica, se puede ver la historia de Juan Diego y la aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe

The old Basilica has become too small to house all the pilgrims and a new and very modern one was constructed near by, complete with a moving walkway so that everyone can get to see the relic. A bell rings every half hour to reveal an educational play with figurines that show the story of Juan Diego and the Virgen of Guadalupe over and over again.

Vocabulario al capítulo

  • Sustantivos
  • obispo
  • curar
    destruir >< construir
    Adjetivos y otros

Madre Tierra, Tonantzin, Coatlicue o La Virgen

Madre Tierra o La Virgen

Just as La Basílica was built on top of the shrine of Tepeyac, so Guadalupe is also a mix between Mother Earth and the Catholic Virgin, and to many pilgrims she is still primarily a symbol of Mother Earth.

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La Virgen de Guadalupe
Coatlique, ‘La que tiene falda de serpientes ’. La diosa azteca que a la vez da vida y destruye. Estatua del Museo antropológico en Ciudad de México.

Coatlicue, the Aztec Mother Earth goddess is an ambiguous character that both gives life and destroys.

How much do you remember?

1)Juan Diego es un sacerdote español

2)Juan Diego encuentra a la Virgen en el año 1931

3)El obispo quiere que le traiga una señal para creerle

4)Juan no vuelve a ver a la Virgen porque su tío está enfermo

5)El tío de Juan Diego muere

6)La Virgen le da 3 señales a Juan Diego

7)En el ayate de Juan Diego aparece la imagen de Jesús

8)Al final el obispo le cree y construyen un templo en Tepeyac

9)El Día de Guadalupe se celebra el 12 de diciembre

10)Vienen mexicanos en peregrinaje de todo el país a La Basílica de Guadalupe

11)En el Día de Guadalupe se cantan villancicos

You got / 11 correct
La Virgen de Guadalupe
Camión en peregrinación con la imagen de Guadalupe
La Virgen de Guadalupe
Se ofrece tomar fotos de recuerdo de la visita a Guadalupe
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