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LEGEND OF THE VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE

THE MEXICAN FAMILY WITH WHOM I STAYED TOLD ME THIS
STORY OF HOW DEVOTION TO THE VIRGIN DE GUADALUPE
CAME ABOUT:
AN INDIAN WALKING ALONG IN SEARCH OF THE LAST RITES
FOR A DYING UNCLE, MEETS A BEAUTIFUL CHILD, DRESSED
LIKE AN INDIAN MAIDEN. THIS CHILD MADE THE INDIAN
GATHER ROSES AND IT WAS IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER! THE
INDIAN GATHERED THESE ROSES AND PLACED THEM IN HIS
"PONCHO." ON RETURNING TO HIS VILLAGE, THE INDIAN
OPENED HIS "PONCHO" TO SHOW THE ROSES AND INSTEAD OF
ROSES, THERE APPEARED, PAINTED ON HIS "PONCHO" THE
IMAGE OF A DARK-SKINNED VIRGIN WHO STOOD UPON THE
MOON.

Submitter comment: I MADE THIS ENTRY JAN. 30, 1967. I SPENT THE SUMMER
OF 1965 IN A SMALL MEXICAN VILLAGE HEUTZU
AND HAD
THE OPPORTUNITY OF OBSERVING THE PEOPLE AND OF
PARTICIPATING IN THEIR ACTIVITIES.

Where learned: MEXICO

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 00001965 SUMMER

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LA MARIPOSITA

ONE DAY, A LITTLE MARIPOSITA, VOLE QUE VOLE AROUND THE GARDEN,
DE REPENTE, SHE ASUOTO, WHEN SHE ASOTO, SHE REFLECCIONO, OH, WHAT
TONTA I AM, I FORGET TO OPEN MIS ALITAS.

Submitter comment: THIS JOKE IS AIMED AT THE PEOPLE OF BORDER AREAS BETWEEN THE U.S. &
MEXICO. THESE PEOPLE ARE CALLED POCHOS, BECAUSE THEY ARE OF NEITHER
COUNTRY. THE LANGUAGE THEY SPEAK IS A MIXTURE OF ENGLISH AND SPANISH
AND ONLY THEY UNDERSTAND IT. THIS JOKE, THEREFORE HAS NO MEANING
OR GIST IF TRANSLATED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

Where learned: MEXICO ; CD VALLES

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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URBAN BELIEF TALE

THERE IS A STORY TOLD OF A YOUNG GIRL KILLED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT
ON THE HIGHWAY IN NORTHERN MEXICO. THE ACCIDENT WAS PARTICULARLY
GRUESOME. THE GIRL'S FATHER ENCOUNTERED LEGAL DIFFICULTIES WITH
RESPECT TO TRANSPORTING THE BODY AS IT MEANT THAT IT WOULD PASS
THROUGH STATE LINES. TO OVERCOME THIS, HE CARRIED THE BODY ON HIS
LAP ON AN AIRPLANE, SO THAT SHE WOULD BE BURIED IN HER HOMETOWN.

Submitter comment: THE GIRL DID EXIST, AND SHE DID DIE IN THE STATED MANNER, BUT THE
REST OF THE STORY IS QUESTIONABLE.

Where learned: MEXICO ; CD VALLES

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1977

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