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Performing Piety : Making Space Sacred with the Virgin of Guadalupe, Paperback / softback Book

Performing Piety : Making Space Sacred with the Virgin of Guadalupe Paperback / softback


The Virgin of Guadalupe, though quintessentially Mexican, inspires devotion throughout the Americas and around the world.

This study sheds new light on the long-standing transnational dimensions of Guadalupan worship by examining the production of sacred space in three disparate but interconnected locations - at the sacred space known as Tepeyac in Mexico City, at its replica in Des Plaines, Illinois, and at a sidewalk shrine constructed by Mexican nationals in Chicago.

Weaving together rich on-the-ground observations with insights drawn from performance studies, Elaine A.

Pena demonstrates how devotees' rituals - pilgrimage, prayers, and festivals - develop, sustain, and legitimize these sacred spaces.

Interdisciplinary in scope, "Performing Piety" paints a nuanced picture of the lived experience of Guadalupan devotion in which different forms of knowing, socio-economic and political coping tactics, conceptions of history, and faith-based traditions circulate within and between sacred spaces.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 234 pages, 16 b-w photographs, 3 maps
  • Publisher: University of California Press
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  • Category: Christian worship, rites & ceremonies
  • ISBN: 9780520268340

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