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This web site is about our experience with the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, www.mexfoldanco.org  from its founding in 1982 and the years before the founding.  It is now dedicated to my late wife Juanita; we talked about marriage at age 12, married at 21 and had a wonderful 61years, 2 months and 6 days together. She was my  iinspiration for all that we did together.            She is in Heaven.               12-29-1932 -- 05-16-2015.          I miss her                                                                                   This is her obituary:   

                   http://www.richardmidwayfh.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=3111847&fh_id=12947

                                                                                                        

 Another reason for this discourse is that I do not want the history of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago lost if ever it disbands. Many organizations that went out of existance have been forgotten as if they never existed at all because they never thought to record their histories. Some may have had web sites but the sites were eventually deleted from the web because they were not cared for and the annual fees were not paid.                             I hope to establish an account that will automatically pay the annual fee for this site. If anyone wishes to help, send me a couple bucks. Call me at 773-247-1522 or e mail me at mexfolroa@ameritech.net       Thanks.                                                                                                                                                           

 

This site also serves as a vehicle to present my paper on Our Lady of Tepeyac (Guadalupe as she is universally known). View it in the brochure links below.

The Mexican dance repertoire includes, pre-Columbian and pre-Cortez, religious dancing to honor the pantheon of gods. One is Tonantzin (Our Sacred mother . . . Venerable Mother . . . Earth Mother).

Her temple at the hill of Tepeyac was destroyed by the Spaniards. When Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego and his uncle Juan Bernardino, a church was built at the site and the natives adopted her as the new Tonantzin because one of the things she told Saint Juan Diego was "Am I not your mother?"  

But the Spaniards, through a misinterpretation of Juan Bernardino's account of Mary's apperition, called her Guadalupe after their Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Spain. However many of the indigenous still refer to Mary as Tonantzin or Tequantlaxopeuh. This picture is one of several versions of Tonantzin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what Mary actually looked like on Saint Juan Diego's ayate blanket.

And her image appeared horizontally because it is too tall to have appeared verically on the ayate.

This is explained in the paper.

 

 

               Open each brochure then click on "Download PDF"  to enlarge the text.

         There are 3, 3 and 4 pages respectively in each brochure for a total of 10 pages.

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