La Virgen de Guadalupe


My object is a wooden picture of Virgen de Guadalupe. Virgen de Guadalupe is from Mexico City. My mother was born in America, but my grandparents were born in Mexico. Now that they are older, my grandparents spend their time in the USA and Mexico. I like to think that Mexico calls them back home.  People pray to Virgen de Guadalupe when they have a hard time, and you also pray to Virgen de Guadalupe for guidance and protection for you and your loved ones. I’m not one for Church and prayers, but when I come across this picture of La Virgen de Guadalupe on my mother’s dresser, right next to the picture of my Great Grandpa, I get this feeling that I’m safe. Like, that feeling when I run to my parents, and slip under theirs arms. La Virgen de Guadalupe does that for me. I chose this object because I thought it is important to my family and my culture. La Virgen de Guadalupe has a story and I would like to share it with you, in the 1600 the image of Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to the indigenous-peasant, Juan Diego, in the hills of Tepeyac in the the outskirts of Mexico City. Virgen de Guadalupe told Juan Diego to build a church on the top of the Tepeyac Hill in honor of herself. When Juan Diego told the Spanish archbishop about the church, The archbishop did not believe him and told him Juan Diego to go back to the Tepeyac Hill, and ask the Virgen for a miracle, so there would be proof of what she had requested.

Place(s): Mexico City
Year: 1600

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Relationship:  Grandchild of im/migrant Grandchild of im/migrant