I couldn't find an existing thread for this. From the thread on pagan elements in Roman Catholic churches, I began wondering again about this aspect of Marian devotion.
How does / or would the Orthodox Church view the Virgin de Guadalupe and her images? Is is an acceptable portrayal of the Theotokos that can be used as an icon, or is it not the Theotokos at all?
Is the image really Tonantzin, a pagan mother-goddess, dressed up in a bit of syncretism to appease Roman Catholic conquistadores? Or is it an acceptable Christianizing of a pagan culture?
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There are images of Tonantzin that look like La Virgin de Guadalupe, but it is because they have made them to look like her after the fact, not the other way around. The pre-Christian images of Tonantzin don't look like La Virgin at all. It is a popular neo-pagan practise to 're-paganize' prayers, images and festivals for which there is actually no evidence were ever pagan. Its how they fill in for the fact that for many of them, there is no actual substantial record of the pre-Christian religion of the culture they are interested in.
Ironically, there is (or was) a huge outcry in neo-paganism against 'cultural misappropriation' and taking images and ideas from Native Americans or other 'native' religions.
That's funny. I've noticed that there are attempts to glorify the old pagan ways, and overlook how horribly brutal rituals and culture could be. I suppose the world is still just as brutal, only in different ways for some, but some people still practice blood rituals.
I have a good friend who grew up in la selva in the general region around Puebla. Everyone spoke nahuatl, but no one worshiped Aztecan gods or goddesses. They weren't Catholic either.
It's kind of interesting to look at it though, because it reminds me of what kind of world Christ came for. And sometimes we can see good things in pagan cultures, like St. Innocent, iirc, found the positives in Native cultures up north.