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PILGRIMAGE TO TEPEYAC


Héctor Mediavilla

El santuario del Tepeyac es el segundo lugar cristiano más visitado del mundo. La Virgen de Guadalupe, (también llamada “La Guadalupana”), apareció en 1531 en el cerro del Tepeyac al indio Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (canonizado en 2002 por el Papa Juan Pablo II). Hoy en día, a más de 500 años de su aparición, el pueblo de México, la sigue venerando con una devoción indómita; millones de personas peregrinan al Tepeyac el 11 y 12 de diciembre cada año. (En 2009, acudieron siete millones de mexicanos). Desde lugares remotos; en bicicleta, a pie, caravanas de autobuses o vehículos particulares, hombres y mujeres de distintas clases sociales viajan a la ciudad de México; miles de ellos, pasan la noche el 11 de diciembre en las calles aledañas al templo y, sobre todo, en la plaza del santuario. A pesar del culto católico, existe un sincretismo entre La Guadalupana y la diosa prehispánica “Tonanzin “(Madre de los dioses). Los únicos que siguen realizando el rito prehispánico, son un grupo minoritario: Los Concheros; llevan ofrenda, hacen altar y velación el 11 de diciembre; danzan el 12 como tributo y tradición a la Virgen Morena, la Madre de Dios.


 

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A pilgrim waits to enter the basilica with a painting of the virgin and some flowers remmembering Juan Diego in 1531.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

 

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A pilgrim, who is just about to enter the basilica, holds a reproduction of the original miraculous canvas of the Guadalupe virgin in which Juan Diego broght the roses to the bishop.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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A rosary of one of the pilgrims when he is about to enter the Basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

 

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A family takes a rest in the wall of the old basilica. People of all ages come to the Tepeyac 11th and 12th of December to offer the Virgin de Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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Hundreds of pilgrims try to enter the basilica to pay an offer to the Guadalupe virgin.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

 

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A pilgrim holds a canvas of the Guadalupe virgin with John Paul II. The first visit of the pope in Mexico was followed by milions of people with joy and enthusiasm. At that time he canonized Juan Diego. The second one was sponsored by Sabritas/Pepsico.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim stands into a moving crowd towards the Guadalupe virgin original painting that is displayed inside the basilica.

Mexcio DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

 

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A teenager pilgrim is about to enter the basilica with a painting of the Guadalupe virgin with details of her apparition to Juan Diego.

Mexico DF, Mexico, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim is about to enter the basilica holding a poster of the Virgin Guadalupe and also some flowers like Juan Diego did in 1531.

Mexico DF, Mexico, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim is just about to enter the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim about to enter the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

 

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A pilgrim just about to enter the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim holds a Guadalupe Virgin figure in front of the hall of the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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Hundreds of pilgrims sleep outside the basilica the 11th and the 12th of December night. They have to get up early in the morning to empty out the place to different groups of dancers, who will offer thier sacred dances to the Guadalupe virgin.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009

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Hundreds of pilgrims sleep outside the basilica the 11th and the 12th of December night. Some dancers groups stay the night awake carrying out an spiritual work called "velación", which is offered to the Guadalupe Virgin as well as the dances the next day.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexique - 12/12/2009



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