The Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico who made her first appearance in Mexico in 1531, is the theme of the poems and other writings in this book. The writings that novelist Castillo (Loverboys, 1996) gathers are personal stories about the Virgin's place in Hispanic, Catholic, Aztec, folkloric and feminist cultures, mythologies and traditions. The marvelous stories and poems in this collection center on the Virgin of Guadalupe as cultural and conceptual icon.This is an entertaining read for readers willing to look outside traditional understandings of the Marian theology to a broader horizon in which the religious and the cultural intersect.
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The goddess of the Americas is the Virgin of Guadalupe, a transcendent spiritual figure revered as a manifestation of the cosmic female force, a "divine protectress, and a font of "unconditional, ever-present maternal love," according to Castillo, whose brilliant introduction sets the tone for this profoundly moving and original collection of writings about the goddess. Castillo, author of Loverboys , invited a group of passionate writers to share their thoughts about the Virgin of Guadalupe, an intimate topic that inspired powerful, poignant, and revelatory essays, dramatic narratives, and poems. Both Castillo and Sandra Cisneros share intensely private girlhood memories in which the goddess shaped their understanding of womanhood. Richard Rodriguez ponders the Virgin's uniting of Spanish and Indian faiths, and Ruben Martinez, in "The Undocumented Virgin," links sightings of the Virgin to the Zapitista uprising and anti-immigration sentiment in California. Luis Rodriguez reflects on the spiritual quests of gang members, some of whom have the Virgin of Guadalupe tattooed on their backs, and Rosario Ferrereports on the Virgin in Puerto Rico. Other contributors to this mind-expanding and soulful anthology include Octavio Paz, Elena Poniatowska, Pat Mora, and Denise Chavez. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews