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Guadalupe in New YorkDevotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants$
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Alyshia Galvez

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814732144

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814732144.001.0001

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La Antorcha Guadalupana / The Guadalupan Torch Run

La Antorcha Guadalupana / The Guadalupan Torch Run

Messengers for a People Divided by the Border

(p.140) 6 La Antorcha Guadalupana / The Guadalupan Torch Run
Guadalupe in New York

Alyshia Gálvez

NYU Press

This chapter examines La Antorcha Guadalupana, or the Guadalupan torch run, organized annually by Asociación Tepeyac, in which a flame is brought overland from the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The running of a torch was a pre-Columbian practice for carrying messages. Relay running is described in conquest-era codices as the means by which Moctezuma and his predecessors issued edicts and received news from all over the empire. It was after the conquest of the Mexica empire that the practice became associated specifically with Guadalupan devotion. It is said that when Juan Diego appeared before the bishop to deliver the Virgin of Guadalupe's request for a shrine on the hill at Tepeyac and spilled roses at her feet, torch runners conveyed the news of the miraculous apparition throughout the land.

Keywords:   La Antorcha Guadalupana, Asociación Tepeyac, Moctezuma, Guadalupan devotion, Virgin of Guadalupe, Guadalupan torch run

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