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“Accordingly, the ancient Aztec belief in Tonantzin and the Christian faith in the Virgin Mary are not necessarily contradictory.”
“I had concluded," he says, "that the Maya hieroglyph represented the image of the old earth mother, the universally worshipped goddess called Tonantzin, 'our mother, 'who is connected in the Codex Vienensis with the eagle symbol.”
Day Symbols of the Maya Year Sixteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1894-1895, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1897, pages 199-266.
“Never mind the credible doubt cast on the authenticity of the Guadalupe miracle by the rigors of modern science, or that she appeared on a hill that had been sacred ground where the Aztecs had venerated Tonantzin, the mother goddess.”
“Rodriguez emphasizes that the Tepeyac hill had served as a sacred space for Tonantzin, where sacrifices and feasts were held in honor of the feminine deity, and also that the “origins of the holy image . . . are contested.””
“Tonantzin, therefore, may be associated with the dread goddess Cihuacoatl (a serpent woman), whom Sahagun identified not with the Virgin Mary, but with Our Mother Eve and her encounter with the serpent of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.”
“For example, it is true that the Basilica of Guadalupe at Tepeyac was constructed on the site of the former temple of Tonantzin.”
“In the case of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Indians in Mexico simply transferred their beliefs and practices from Tonantzin, the Goddess of the Earth, to Mary, the Mother of God.”
“Before the fall of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521, the hill where Juan Diego had his vision had also been the site of an ancient temple to the Aztec goddess Tonantzin (Our Revered Mother), later leveled to the ground by the Spaniards.”
“The concept of the goddess Tonantzin or the Virgin of Guadalupe, on the other hand, represents another kind of truth, a religious or spiritual truth.”
“For Catholics, this confirms the validity of the church in Mexico and the role of the Virgin of Guadalupe (or Tonantzin) as a symbol of the Republic of Mexico.”
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