Friday, December 9, 2011

Saint Juan Diego

The Aztec who saw Our Lady.
Most historians agree that Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 kilometers (14 miles) north of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City).
His native name was Cuauhtlatoatzin, which could be translated as "One who talks like an eagle" or "eagle that talks". The Nican Mopohua describes him as a 'macehualli' or "poor Indian", one who did not belong to any of the social categories of the Empire, as priests, warriors, merchants,...but not a slave; a member of the lowest and largest class in the Aztec Empire. When talking to Our Lady he calls himself "a nobody", and refers to it as the source of his lack of credibility before the Bishop....


2 comments:

boinky said...

I don't have the links, but a couple years ago when a German priest was pooh poohing the story of Guatalupe as being fake, someone defended his existance by pulling up some old Mexican manuscripts that included the story that Juan Diego was from a noble family. He also spent the last years of his life as a hermit spreading the story...

boinky said...

wikipedia link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nican_mopohua

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