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Our Lady of Everyday LifeLa Virgen de Guadalupe and the Catholic Imagination of Mexican Women in America$
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María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190280390

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190280390.001.0001

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Our Lady of Café con Leche

Our Lady of Café con Leche

The Social Construction of Catholic Devotion

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(p.55) 2 Our Lady of Café con Leche
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Our Lady of Everyday Life
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María Del Socorro Castañeda-Liles

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190280390.003.0003

This chapter argues that Mexican children in Catholic households are introduced to Catholicism via material culture and family traditions at home. That is, religious material objects and customs form part of the life of children even before they can fully comprehend their significance. I particularly focus on the embodiment of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the material culture associated with this religious figure. I also borrow and expand Orsi’s (1996) metaphor of the “devotional triangle” to explain how Catholic devotion is passed from one generation to the next as it strengthens the ties that bind mothers and daughters. I end this chapter with a discussion of the influence of women in the transmission of Catholic faith in the family.

Keywords:   devotional triangle, matrilinear relationships, religious teachings, popular Catholicism, home altars, café con leche, familismo, five senses, popular religious theater, role of media

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