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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 Everyday Life

Our Lady of Everyday Life

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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/9780190280390.003.0007

The author demonstrates how the Mexican Catholic imagination is not fixed but is always evolving as women experience life and as their Catholic faith and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe grows deeper. It is argued that the women’s Catholic devotion is fluid and moves and is shaped by their lived experience. They come in contact with the sacred through touch, the smell of fresh flowers, the taste of special foods, the holy images at home, all reminding them that they are not alone but in communion with saints. As a result, as the women mature, the way they relate to La Virgen de Guadalupe becomes more holistic and complex.

Keywords:   everyday life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexican Catholic imagination, familismo, horizontal (earth), vertical (heaven), praying, talking to La Virgen, language, Virgin Mary

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