Immaculate Immigrant: The Virgin of Guadalupe in Los Angeles: Reflections and Meditations, by Gardu¤o, Meg
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- ISBN: 9781426916601 | 1426916604
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 4/22/2010
"A deep, heartfelt devotion and love for the Virgin of Guadalupe, rooted in her family and cultural beliefs, and nurtured by fond childhood memories, set Meg Garduntilde;o on a quest in search for what the 'Blessed Mother of God' means in other people's lives... Garduntilde;o paints a rich and colorful picture of the Virgin, much like the murals she lovingly reviewed and collected for this book." -Claudia Ahumada Degrati, Ph.D., forensic and clinical psychologist "... After presenting the powerful murals of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the equally strong convictions of her believers, Garduntilde;o argues 'Compelling Evidence' in support of the apparition of 1531 at Tepeyac. Her informative argument seeks to discredit the charge that the 'story of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Juan Diego is an invention, a myth, or a legend.' Garduntilde;o provides a detailed case, even drawing support from computer scanning and infrared photography, achieving this difficult task of crossing from logic and reason to the supernatural and sacred. In short, it is a straightforward effort meriting serious consideration by persons without faith." -Francisco E. Balderrama, Ph.D., historian To the Mexican people, the Virgin of Guadalupe remains the most sacred expression of religious devotion and practice. From her first appearance in Tepeyac, Mexico, in 1531, the Virgin Mary has symbolized hope and offered protection from pain and danger. But she also possesses an incredible bond with Mexican tradition and culture, and nowhere is this more evident than in the city of Los Angeles, California. Through personal recollections, historic evidence, and art, Immaculate Immigrant presents a devout and sacred study of the Virgin of Guadalupe's influence in Hispanic culture. Meg Garduntilde;o uses her family history as a framework to explain how the enormous devotion to the Virgin Mary heavily influenced the immigrant experience for Mexican-Americans and shaped Hispanic history. Garduntilde;o shares revealing interviews with Los Angeles artists who have used the Virgin's image in countless murals around the city. Photographs of these murals are also included, and Garduntilde;o shows how this artwork contributes to the narrative of the Virgin as torchbearer for the poor and dispossessed. Hailed by Francisco E. Balderrama as "an engaging collection of reflections and meditations on religious faith and deeds of love," Immaculate Immigrant is one woman's humbling tribute to the unbreakable bond between the Virgin of Guadalupe and her people.