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Why the name "of Guadalupe"?

'Our Lady of Guadalupe'

Patroness of the Americas.

"Then the uncle manifested that it was true that on that occasion he became well and that he had seen her in the same manner as she had appeared to his nephew, knowing through her that she had sent him to Mexico to see the bishop. Also, the Lady told him that when he would go to see the bishop, to reveal to him what he had seen and to explain the miraculous manner in which she had cured him, and that she would properly be named, and known as the blessed Image, the ever-virgin Holy Mary of Guadalupe."(Nican Mopohua)

Why should the Virgin Mary appearing to an Indian in recently conquered Mexico and speaking to him in Nahuatl call herself "of Guadalupe", a Spanish name?
Did she want to be called de Guadalupe because of the statue of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' in Estremadura, Spain?
In all apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary she identified herself as the Virgin Mary and phrases like Mother of God or another of her titles, and was later usually known by the name of the place or region where she appeared (Lourdes, Fatima).
So why should Mary, when appearing to an Indian in recently invaded Mexico and speaking in the local language, want to be named with the Spanish name of Guadalupe?
Was she talking about the miraculous statue of 'Our Lady of Guadalupe', that was given by Pope Gregory the Great to the Bishop of Seville, was lost for 600 years and was found in 1326 by a cowherd named Gil Cordero guided by an apparition of Our Lady? The statue was named Guadalupe for the village located near the place of discovery.
The origin of the name Guadalupe has always been a matter of controversy. It is nevertheless believed that the name came about because of the translation from Nahuatl to Spanish of the words used by the Virgin during the apparition to Juan Bernardino, the ailing uncle of Juan Diego.
It is believed that Our Lady used the Aztec Nahuatl word of coatlaxopeuh which is pronounced "quatlasupe" and sounds remarkably like the Spanish word Guadalupe. Coa meaning serpent, tla being the noun ending which can be interpreted as "the", while xopeuh means to crush or stamp out. So Our Lady must have called herself the one "who crushes the serpent."
We must remember that the Aztecs offered annually at least 20,000 men, women and children in human sacrifice to their gods. In 1487, just in a single 4 days long ceremony for the dedication of a new temple in Tenochtitlan, some 80,000 captives were killed in human sacrifice.
Certainly, in this case She crushed the serpent, and few years later millions of the natives were converted to Christianity.

"Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything."
(Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego)

Used with permission of www.sancta.org

Links to other interesting pages in my 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' series

'Our Lady of Guadalupe'
Chronology of Events
Relation of the Apparitions
Why the name "Guadalupe"?
Saint Juan Diego
The mysterious eyes of the Virgin
Protectress of the Unborn
The Basilica
Novena to 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'
Prayer of John Paul II

'Our Lady of Guadalupe' official page
C.I.N. 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' page
'Our Lady of Guadalupe' Shrine (USA) site

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