a new race (mestizos) and Christianity.
The story tells the the Virgin show Herself to a peasant called Juan Diego. When the Archbishop ask him for proof, he went to a hill and collected roses (not a native flower). When the roses fell of his cloak, the face of the Virgin was miraculously imprinted. This image is still preserved in Mexico City.
Since I was little, I remember 12 of December was the day to dress up as a Mayan girl. With my "Guipil" and "Corte" it seemed normal to dress up as a Mayan and head down town Guatemala city to honour Our lady of Guadalupe. The streets would be filled with traditional sweets and colour candles and the festivities lasted all day. But the rest of the year the Mayans would be treated differently.
Now I live in England, I am learning to give value to our indigenous roots and to challenge division of classes.
I want my daughter to learn about traditions in Guatemala and to feel proud of her Mayan blood.