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PILGRIMAGE TO TEPEYAC


Héctor Mediavilla

The Sanctuary of Tepeyac is the second most-visited Christian site in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe (also known as La Guadalupana) appeared in 1531, on the hill of Tepeyac, to the indigenous Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (canonised in 2002 by Pope John Paul II). Today, more than 500 years after her apparition, the people of Mexico continue worshipping her with boundless devotion; millions of people make the pilgrimage to Tepeyac on 11th and 12th December each year (seven million Mexicans made the pilgrimage in 2009). From far away places; by bicycle, on foot, in caravans of buses or private cars, men and women of all social ranks travel to Mexico City; thousands of them spend the night of 11th December in the streets around the temple and, above all, in the square in front of the Sanctuary. Despite the Catholic Church, there is also a syncretism between La Guadalupana and the pre-Colombian Goddess Tonanzin (Mother of the Gods). Today, only a few people, Los Conchoneros, continue to worship following the pre-Colombian rites; they bear offerings, dress an altar and hold a vigil on 11th December, and then dance on the 12th in a traditional tribute to the Black Virgin, the Mother of God.


 

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A pilgrim waits to enter the basilica with a painting of the virgin and some flowers remmembering Juan Diego in 1531.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

 

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A pilgrim, who is just about to enter the basilica, holds a reproduction of the original miraculous canvas of the Guadalupe virgin in which Juan Diego broght the roses to the bishop.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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A rosary of one of the pilgrims when he is about to enter the Basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

 

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A family takes a rest in the wall of the old basilica. People of all ages come to the Tepeyac 11th and 12th of December to offer the Virgin de Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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Hundreds of pilgrims try to enter the basilica to pay an offer to the Guadalupe virgin.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

 

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A pilgrim holds a canvas of the Guadalupe virgin with John Paul II. The first visit of the pope in Mexico was followed by milions of people with joy and enthusiasm. At that time he canonized Juan Diego. The second one was sponsored by Sabritas/Pepsico.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim stands into a moving crowd towards the Guadalupe virgin original painting that is displayed inside the basilica.

Mexcio DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

 

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A teenager pilgrim is about to enter the basilica with a painting of the Guadalupe virgin with details of her apparition to Juan Diego.

Mexico DF, Mexico, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim is about to enter the basilica holding a poster of the Virgin Guadalupe and also some flowers like Juan Diego did in 1531.

Mexico DF, Mexico, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim is just about to enter the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim about to enter the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

 

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A pilgrim just about to enter the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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A pilgrim holds a Guadalupe Virgin figure in front of the hall of the basilica.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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Hundreds of pilgrims sleep outside the basilica the 11th and the 12th of December night. They have to get up early in the morning to empty out the place to different groups of dancers, who will offer thier sacred dances to the Guadalupe virgin.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009

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Hundreds of pilgrims sleep outside the basilica the 11th and the 12th of December night. Some dancers groups stay the night awake carrying out an spiritual work called "velación", which is offered to the Guadalupe Virgin as well as the dances the next day.

Mexico DF, Estado de México, Mexico - 12/12/2009



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