Virgen De Guadalupe Research Paper

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The legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe has become a common symbol of hope to many incoming immigrants of Latin American countries. Due to U.S. governmental and economic interventions in Latin American countries, it has caused many people to migrate as refuges and flee unstable environments. These mass migrations have been followed by torturous trails and stories that many times end in death or abuse, however, other times it has allowed refugees to move away and live stable lives in the U.S. However, once in the U.S., these immigrants are faced with discriminatory policy based on false accusations that makes their lives unsafe and unprotected. Therefore, Latinx religious faith becomes a strong component of community for these groups. The Latinx Catholicism has been characterized by different rituals practiced at home and in their communities. These prayers have become significant for Latinx immigrants and specifically the symbol of the Virgen de Guadalupe. The …show more content…

The Virgen is a strongly used figure for single mothers, women who seek childbirth, and women who have endured domestic violence. In the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe, she confides to Juan Diego and asks him to build a church for her, he then fails to meet her requests because he was taking care of an ill uncle, he then meets with her once again and admits his failure and despair, the Virgen is quoted as saying, “No estoy yo aqui que soy tu madre?”(Am I not here, I who am your mother?). In the legend of the Virgen de Guadalupe, she reaffirms Juan Diego not to worry of his dying uncle because she is his mother and will be protect him and his uncle. The idea of the Virgen being a mother is strongly related to the quote she tells Juan Diego, because she reinstates her identity as a protecting mother and allows Juan Diego to confide his troubles onto her, whom she promises to

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