I saw this post & knew I had to use this image, with his permission of course. He is @thundr_one Thank you, David, for letting me use it for educational purposes relating to today’s Virgen de Guadalupe.
History: For those of you who follow me, by now, you know I am educational. And as I have mentioned, in the past, & I will mention again, Christianity was once not part of North, South or Central America. People had their own gods & goddesses. And therefore you might understand how a New Worlds religion meshed into an Old Worlds. Sort of how I have explained to you about the Day of the Dead celebrations. So in relation to The Virgin Mary & The Basilica, which was built in her honor, there is a MUCH OLDER, INDIGENOUS story about that location.
Tepeyac or Tepeyac Hill was once a place to worship the Aztec goddess, Tonantzin Coatlaxopeuh, “Our Revered Mother” in Nahuatl. She is also known by the name Coatlicue, “skirt of snakes,”or Teteoh innan, “mother of all gods.” Like the Virgin Mary this goddess was a virgin as well. She was impregnated by a ball of feathers. The temple of this goddess ,on Tepeyac Hill, was destroyed by the Spaniards before the Virgin Mary had appeared to Juan Diego. The early native Catholic converts continued to address the Virgin Mary as Tonantzin. Even now Nahuatl speaking communities still refer to her as Tonantzin. Some people consider her one in the same.
Honestly it makes one wonder about these coincidences & if this might have been a way to convert the indigenous.