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(Mexico). The veneration of Our Lady of Guadalupe that arose during the Reconquista in the Spanish Extremadura also spread in the era of European expansion to the viceroyalty of New Spain, where, according to B. de Sahagún OFM, it was already initiated after the conquest of Aztec Tenochtitlán by H. Cortés (1521) in place of an earlier sanctuary to the goddess Tonantzin Cihuacóatl (Our Beloved Mother, Lady Serpent) on the hill of Tepeyac (modern Mexico City) and developed into the Indian Christian Mary cult. From the mid-17th cent…

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Nebel, Richard, “Guadalupe”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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