Description of Figure/Doll

Mexican lady made entirely with small black and white beads, which are threaded on wire. Her hair consists of black beads, and her face is white beads (with black beads for the nose and eyes). She is holding a small bouquet made from beads. Her bell-shaped shirt is made with alternating rows of black and white beads in a crisscross pattern. She has beaded legs.

Mexico

Location: North America

Capital: Mexico City

Main language: Spanish

Currency: Mexico peso

Figure/Doll

Construction: beads, wire

Height in Centimeters: 13

Height in Inches: 5

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Reading Level: 5.10

My name is Anita and I live in Tlayacac, a small town just north of Mexico City. Although I’m only 11 years old, I know where I want to get married. Of course, I don’t know who I want to marry, but I know the place. It has always been my dream to be married near the Our Lady of Guadeloupe shrine.

It was an Aztec Indian, Juan Diego, who first say Our Lady or Guadeloupe. Way back in 1531, he was walking to church when a image of the Virgin Mary appeared. She spoke to Juan and asked him to build a shrine on the hillside.

Juan ran to the bishop and told him what he had seen. The bishop did not believe Juan and told him to ask for a sign. He said that if it was really the Virgin Mary, she would be able to prove it through some way.

Juan went back to the hillside and told Mary the bishop wanted proof. Mary told Juan to gather some roses from the hillside and take them back to the bishop.

Juan did as he was asked. He gathered roses and put them in his tilma (coat). When he took them to the bishop, the bishop was very surprised. It was winter and the bishop was sure that there were no roses on the hillside.

When Juan opened his coat, the rose petals fell to the floor. However, embedded in Juan’s tilma was a perfect image of Mary, the Mother of God.

The bishop was astonished. He agreed to build a Basilica on the hill, and he hung the image of Mary in the church.

Over the years, the story of Our Lady of Guadeloupe has been told around the world to people of many different cultures. Over 10 million people come to the town called Juan Diego to see the Basilica each year.

Yes, when I get married, it will be near Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe.


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