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New York, New York
August 24, 2003
From journal A Quick Trip to Mexico City
November 2, 2002
From journal Start of the Ruta Maya
The new Basilica was consecrated in 1976. To prevent jamming near the high altar, from where you can see the coat of Juan Diego, they have constructed a conveyer band, so that the pilgrims slowly pass by the holy Coat. On this coat you can see the portrait of the Virgin of Guadelupe. On the painting (pict 4) you can see Juan Diego with his coat and on the coat reflects the portrait of The Virgin. Note that the Virgin has a dark face.
There are two explanations why over here they call The Holy Virgin Guadelupe.
The first version is that the Bishop who did not speak Nahuatl asked Juan Diego if the Virgin had told him her name. Juan Diego answered, "Yes, her name is Santa Maria Coatlaxopeuh (Holy Maria who trampled a snake)." Coatlaxopeuh was corrupted by the Bishop to Guadelupe.
More likely the Virgin's name was imported by the Spanish. Most of the Conquistadores were coming from Extramadura, where this Virgin of Guadelupe already was known since 1322, in a village named after her.