If you haven’t watched the documentary Guadalupe: A Living Image you are missing out on the mysteries of the most famous pieces of cloth in the world.

The collaborative studies on the famous tilma of Juan Diego, whom the Virgin Mary appeared to outside of Mexico City, reveals mysteries of not just the apparition but the mysteries of the image and tilma itself.

Guadalupe: A Living Image is an incredible in-depth look at the famous tilma of Juan Diego and his apparition from the Virgin Mary in 1531 in Mexico.

Learn about the symbols on her dress and colors which immediately spoke to the Aztec people of Mexico. Learn about the scientific research and what is found in here eyes and proof that she was in the room when Juan Diego revealed the miracle to the bishop. Learn what the stars on her cloak mean and what they do.

This beautifully filmed documentary explores the miraculous origins of the image of the Virgin Mary on a peasant’s tilma, which is displayed today in Mexico City’s Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Backed by dramatic re-enactments, historic documents, and animated maps, the current rector of the church describes how the Virgin appeared to a man named Juan Diego in December 1531, impressing her image upon his garment as a sign to take back to the disbelieving bishop.

Assorted experts describe scientific analyses of the imprinted figure: no known type of paint can be detected on the piece, and the fabric not only seems impervious to natural decay, but has also survived exposure to acid and a bomb blast.

In addition, stars appearing on the Virgin s robe coincide with constellations as they appeared in the night sky in December 1531, while under magnification the Virgins eyes reveal miniscule forms believed to be historically accurate representations of people alive at the time.

The film also looks at a small carved representation of the Virgin known as the Extremadura statue and explains how the culturally important Guadalupe became a major pilgrimage site. Sure to be of interest to believers, Guadalupe also touches on important aspects of Catholic and Mexican history.

This is by far, the most detailed study of the now famous tilma.

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