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Our Lady of Guadalupe, Artisan Crafted Wooden Saint 3.5" x 3" x 7.5"

3.5" x 3" x 7.5"

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Religious Saint, Artisan Crafted Wooden Saints 3.5" x 3" x 7.5"

    This wooden figure of Our Lady of Guadalupe is hand-carved in family workshops in very tiny villages surrounding Chichicastenango. Kiln-dried wood is shaped using basic hand tools and Machetes; then family members paint the bright designs. 

    On December 12 of each year, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in 1531, the Blessed Mother appeared in Mexico to a peasant named Juan Diego. According to legend, Juan Diego was walking near what is now Mexico City (Tepeyac Hill) when he came upon an apparition of a “Maiden” who he soon came to recognize as the Virgin Mary. In trying to convince the archbishop of what he had seen, Juan Diego eventually was asked for a sign to prove what he had seen.

    Upon returning to Mary and sharing this with her, Juan Diego was instructed to climb to the top of the hill to gather flowers to bring back to the bishop. Reaching the crest of the hill, Juan Diego found Castilian roses, which were neither in season nor native to the region. The Blessed Mother arranged the flowers herself in Juan’s cloak and instructed him to open the cloak only upon return to the bishop.

    When Juan Diego arrived back at the bishop’s residence and opened his cloak, the flowers fell to the floor and left on the surface of the cloak or "tilma" was the image that’s come to be known as “Our Lady of Guadalupe”.

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