Sunday, December 12, 2010

Lady of Guadalupe

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Patroness of Mexico and the Americas
December 12

There is something mystical about the art of this Mexican deity. She has always been one of my favorite versions of the catholic Virgin Mary. Not a pasturized version of the Mary that we see here in the USA. The Lady of Guadalupe seems to be more of an ethnic Goddess. She is not pale. Her hair is dark. There is magic in her robe. Miracles seem possible when lighting a candle to her.

"This image, may still be seen in the Cathedral in Mexico City. Many believe that the fact that the image remains intact on a coarse fabric woven of a cactus-like plant that ordinarily deteriorates within a few years is further indication of the miraculous nature of the image. The symbolic significance of the image include Mary's complexion, which is similar to that of the Indians who were native to the region, her pregnancy, the gold stars adorning her blue mantle that representing the heavens, the purple tassels of her sash signifying royalty.

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