Intersessions of Faith Within Hispanic Culture

Essay by GloriamaUniversity, Bachelor'sA, June 2007

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The rich, colorful, flavorful Mexican American culture can be traced to the motherland of Spain. Although hundreds of years have past since the Spaniards invaded the areas that now form Mexico, some Mexicans have migrated to the United States and have incorporated some of those traditions to the new era of Mexican American people. One major custom that has no borders, boundaries, or restrictions is the religious belief and faith in the healing power of Our Lady of Guadalupe that originated in Spain. The significance of this belief is that this symbol is the representation of the Holy Mother of God represented in the Bible. The result of this belief for the people of this culture is having faith in this symbol transmits the relevance of faith and spiritual healing amongst Mexican Americans through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This mixture of combing this particular artifact with the hope of being healed spiritually is very much a strong concept that is woven into the fabric of what is known as a part of Mexican American culture which has been handed down from one generation to the next.

The elements of faith and the pattern of healing are represented as apart of an alternative holistic value in the culture. Since many believe that sometimes an illness is related to the "evil eye" and sorcery, the only way to combat evil is with a symbolic symbol of good. Others might argue that their sicknesses or problems have nothing to do with evil but forces of nature or challenges in life; therefore, Our Lady of Guadalupe gives them hope and a feeling of comfort to their ailments (Brading 5). Hurt doesn't always come from injuries, wickedness, or life's hardships. Hurt may come from surviving day to day life. The soul as...