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Performing Piety by Elaine A. Peña
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Oct 23, 2011

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The anthropologist author Elaine Pena accompanied a women's pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine in Mexico City. I found this part of the book to be a very solid piece of work.

Pena also records what happened to a Guadalupe shrine unsanctioned by the Catholic Church in Illinois where Pena lived. In the book it's called Tepayac II. It's not completely clear to me whether Tepayac II was Pena's name for the shrine, or what other local worshipers called it. Tepayac is the hill in Mexico where Our Lady of Guadalupe originally appeared. I have read of many instances where Our Lady of Guadalupe is supposed to have appeared in the U.S. No one else has had the gumption to call their unsanctioned shrine Tepayac II. Since I'm not a Catholic, this only causes me amusement. Yet I think that Pena was unable to distance herself enough from this Illinois shrine to write about it in a scholarly fashion.
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