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Tepeyac and Plymouth Rock: Pilgrimage and nationalism in Mexico and the United States

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This chapter investigates the origins and processes that led to the development of nationalist pilgrimages by comparing four pilgrimages that arose in the colonial periods of Mexico and the United States. The transformation of a pilgrimage into a stable nationalist ritual was not a simple or straightforward process, and many elements had to mesh precisely if such a transformation were to occur successfully. Of the four colonial pilgrimages discussed in the chapter, only three became the object of nationalist sentiment and of the three, only two have survived as nationalist pilgrimages to the present day. The chapter explains some of the chief reasons why the migration of the sacred was successful in some cases, but not in others. It concludes by discussing some of the key similarities and differences between nationalist pilgrimage in Mexico and the U.S.

Keywords: Mexico; nationalist pilgrimages; Plymouth Rock; Tepeyac; United States



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