Guadalupe A Living Image
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December 1531, Mexico. The Virgin Mary appears to a Indian humble peasant, but nobody believes in him.
On Her request the Indian wraps in his “tilma” some Castilian roses, mysteriously flowered on a bared scree. In front of the Bishop he opens the cap discovering the miracle: the image of the Virgin is impressed upon it.
The image is extraordinarily real. The results of analysis are amazing. In the Virgin's eyes the 13 figures who witnessed the miracle are visible. The stars on her cloak are positioned exactly as they were in the miracle's day (12.12.1531). The painting technique used is unknown. The colors keep intact, the cloth is uncorrupted.
And that's not all: an extraordinary discovery reveals the Spanish origin (from Extremadura, Spain) of the name of Guadalupe and its incredible connection with the Evangelist Saint Lucas.
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This beautifully filmed documentary explores the miraculous origins of the image of the Virgin Mary on a peasant s tilma (cloak), which is displayed today in Mexico City s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Backed by dramatic re-enactments, historic documents, and animated maps, the current rector of the church describes how the Virgin appeared to a man named Juan Diego in December 1531, impressing her image upon his garment as a sign to take back to the disbelieving bishop. Assorted experts describe scientific analyses of the imprinted figure: no known type of paint can be detected on the piece, and the fabric not only seems impervious to natural decay, but has also survived exposure to acid and a bomb blast. In addition, stars appearing on the Virgin s robe coincide with constellations as they appeared in the night sky in December 1531, while under magnification the Virgin s eyes reveal miniscule forms believed to be historically accurate representations of people alive at the time. The film also looks at a small carved representation of the Virgin known as the Extremadura statue and explains how the culturally important Guadalupe became a major pilgrimage site. Sure to be of interest to believers, Guadalupe also touches on important aspects of Catholic and Mexican history. Recommended. Three STARS --Video Librarian
This is a fast-moving documentary that would appeal to larger public libraries, and to those in academic settings. Any one of the theories presented in the film could open interesting avenues for debate in the fields of Art History, Religion, and the Physical Sciences. Recommended. --Educational Media Reviews Online
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This may come as a surprise to many that the image of OL of Guadalupe is on its own a catechetical tool for the the Aztec Indians of Mexico. Whan the Conquistadors failed to do (viz. to convert the Indians) Our Lady did through this image.It is a pictogram of the tenants of the entire Catholic faith.
This film explores the following:
1) The apparitions of Our Lady to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyecac hill and the reason for her apparition.
2) The quality of the tilma, its structure and function.
3) The manner in which Our Lady's image was imprinted on it, taking into consideration the material and body of the tilma.
4)The meaning of the image of Our Lady, as it was intepreted by the Aztecs (i.e. the hair, the belt, the patterns of her dress etc.)
5) The significance of the colours on the image.
6) The stars, what they are, what they mean....and the moon.
7) The images seen in the eyes of Our Lady. Who are these people?The scientific view-point as to how the images got there is explored.
8) The historical documentation and veracity of the apparitions to St. Juan Diego.
and much more!
This is an excellent documentary of an image which the Eastern Catholics and Orthodox term 'Not made by hands'.
The documentary is in English and Spanish.
For further reading on the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe I highly recommend this one:A Handbook on Guadalupe
Update: 23rd February 2015 A.D.
Another fine documentary that is now available on Guadalupe and which dwells deep into the history of this celebrated image and the ongoing spiritual warfare is The Blood and the Rose
Like many Catholic-themed documentaries from Janson Media, it's a fast-moving and high quality program done in a contemporary filmmaking style with digital effects. The main DVD menu simply offers "English" or "Spanish" and starts the film when you click on one. The Spanish version is the native tongue of this disc, while the English version features extremely clear narration and voice dubbing of interviewees in British accents. The English dubbing is unusually strong and clear for a video filmed in Spanish. I've seen a lot of documentaries on religious subjects and this disc is among the best, coming closer in style to current History Channel productions than to low-budget church-produced videos. It's certainly the best documentary on Guadalupe that you will find anywhere, being particularly suited with its two language options for use in any sort of religion class.
The tilma, as the Shroud of Turin, has been studied and analyzed for over 500 years. The star pattern on the cloak of the Virgin is arranged in the constellations of the December 12, 1531 date with the image utilizing the "Golden Ratio" of 1/6.18 in proportionality. Additionally, images of the thirteen individuals who witnessed the apparition are found microscopically in the eyes of the image. I found this video very revealing and I now understand this North American apparition more clearly.