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The History Of The Virgin Of Guadalupe And The Views Of Her From Young Mexicans, Old Mexicans, And Myself (An International Student Living In Mexico).

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The Basilica:The basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is a big pilgrimage location for visitors. The Basilica is found at Mount Tepeyac, which was a place of bloodshed before the arrival of Christianity in America. In prehispanic times, the highest point of Mount Tepeyac had a temple dedicated to the God of Earth and fertility called Tonantzin, the Mother of the Gods. The temple of the mount was an important location of pilgrimage for the habitants of Tenochtitlan, the important Aztec Capital located near Mount Tepeyac. Shortly after Hernan Cortes took over Tenochtitlan in 1521, the temple was destroyed and prohibited pilgrimages to the Mount.The Story:December 9, 1531, an Aztec Indian, Christian, baptized with the name, Juan Diego was walking by the church and near the Mount Tepeyac he heard a woman's voice that was calling him. Juan Diego climbed the mount and saw a woman surrounded by gilded light. The woman revealed that she was the mother of Jesus Christ and that it was her wish that he built a church in her honour and asked to relay the message to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga. It was very difficult for Juan Diego, being a humble Indian, to get a meeting with the top prelate, but persistency paid off and was eventually admitted. The bishop didn't believe him and told Juan Diego that he needed to see a sign. Juan Diego avoided Tepeyac for several days until December 12, when he was rushing to find a priest for a seriously ill uncle, and took a short cut across the hill. The Virgin appeared and Juan Diego told her of the Bishop's request. Juan Diego, following the instruction of the Virgin Mary, cut some roses that were growing from Mount Tepeyac (which was usually a barren and desolate hill, especially during winter.) He wrapped them in a cloak and presented them to the Bishop. The Bishop was frozen admiring the roses and saw the image of Virgin Mary stamped in the flowers. The bishop interpreted this as a sign and immediately began the construction of the church of the Virgin of Guadalupe.Modern Days:The original church was small and has since been reconstructed on several occasions. The larger structure was built in 1709, and today can hold 10,000 people. The cloak that the image of Juan Diego with the Virgin Mary "embossed" in it can be seen at the basilica. The Miracle...

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