As Diego ascends Tepeyac Hill at the start of the legendary meeting between St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe, he is immediately surrounded by lovely music and magnificent surroundings, prompting him to question himself, "Where am I? Could this be the Flower World Paradise in the Land of Heaven that our forefathers talked about?"
St. Juan Diego connects his experience to an old indigenous belief system — a spiritual floral region known as "Flower World." Anthropologists and archaeologists have lately discovered this surprising history. By mentioning this beautiful paradise, Juan Diego reveals a remarkable connection that dates back to the very beginnings of American culture.
Flower World pervaded Pan-Mesoamerican culture from its beginnings, emphasising ancient American man's longing for a paradisiacal afterlife rich in melody and beauty. This is represented expressively in flower song poetry of the time, whose major metaphor is a singer calling down flowers from heaven to collect in his tilma so he may share them with lords and kings.
This fascinating new view of American antiquity provides the framework for a prophetic reimagining of the Guadalupe myth. Joseph and Monique Gonzalez give additional insight on Our Lady's extraordinary visit at Tepeyac in December 1531. They provide a new explanation for the over ten million indigenous conversions that happened after the Blessed Mother's apparition, which is regarded as the single biggest Christian conversion event in history.
The Gonzalezes make a compelling case for the Guadalupe apparition being the culmination of thousands of years of evangelical preparation of the people of the Americas, painstakingly tracing the latest archaeological interpretations of Flower World as well as the philosophical ramifications behind the flower songs. You will learn the following in these fascinating pages:
- Whether the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe was staged in order to convert indigenous peoples.
- That the miraculous tilma is connected to a greater network of miraculous creative manifestations and ideas
- The five ways Our Lady of Guadalupe connects with ancient traditions
- The indigenous peoples' limited exposure to tilma
- The four-petaled flower represents the link between earth and heaven.
- An old and intriguing poetry that reflects the story of Guadalupe.
- The four pillars of "the bridge of understanding" that allowed the Gospels to be written
- That the flowers collected in Juan Diego's tilma represent Jesus as the Way to Eternal Life
This hero's trip across the ages is a love letter to the present world that reveals the truth of God's salvific purpose for the Americas, then and now, in breathtaking detail.
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