Publisher description for Mexican Phoenix : Our Lady of Guadalupe : image and tradition across five centuries / D.A. Brading.

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Counter In 1999 Our Lady of Guadalupe was proclaimed patron saint of the Americas by Pope John Paul II. How did a sixteenth-century Mexican painting of the Virgin Mary attract such an unprecedented honour? Across the centuries the enigmatic power of this image has aroused fervent devotion in Mexico: it served as the banner of the rebellion against Spanish rule and, despite scepticism and anti-clericalism, still remains a potent symbol of the modern nation. But devotion was also sustained by the tradition that in 1531 Mary appeared to a poor Indian named Juan Diego and miraculously imprinted her likeness on his cape. The purpose of this book is to trace the intellectual origins, the sudden efflorescence and the adamantine resilience of the tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is a story that will fascinate anyone concerned with the history of religion and its symbols.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Guadalupe, Our Lady of, Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint Apparitions and miracles Mexico, Mexico Religious life and customs