Posted 4 February, 2014 by-Ministry of Culture and Sports in News

"In the Diaspora of Devotion" new book by Carlos Navarrete

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Cover of new book by Carlos Navarrete

The Seminary of Mexican Culture with support from the Embassy of Mexico and the National Newspaper Library of Guatemala "Lic. Clemente Marroquín Rojas ", recently conducted the presentation of the new book by master Carlos Navarrete "The Diaspora of Devotion", Approaches to the Study of the Black Christ of Esquipulas.

The event took place at "Luis Cardoza y Aragón" Cultural Center of the Mexican Embassy in Spain. Students attended the presentation, archaeologists and anthropologists, the Ambassador of Mexico, Carlos Tirado Zavala, Clariza Castellanos, Deputy Minister of Culture and Rosa Maria Chan, Deputy Minister of Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and special guests.

Eugenia María Gordillo, Director of the National Newspaper, expressed his excitement for the holding of this event and thanked the Embassy of Mexico in the ongoing collaboration that provides for the performance of this type of cultural activities. Also, urged the authorities of the MCD to continue working towards the strengthening of Guatemalan culture.

The delivery of the book was provided by Guillermo Pérez Velasco, who came from Mexico for this event. After reading the work of Navarrete, Pérez Velasco reached several conclusions, among the most relevant is the fact that the traditions and religion are cultural elements that identify people. Throughout Latin America the religious images that have as many devotees are the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico and the Black Christ of Esquipulas, Perez said.

The author of the book, archaeologist, anthropologist, Guatemalan writer and historian Carlos Navarrete gave a brief summary of his new work during the presentation, in which he explained that it is a study of how the worship and devotion that has the Black Christ of Esquipulas spreads throughout the American continent from north to south, partly a result of migration made by individuals to the north of the continent in search of employment and trips made by former leaders of the Catholic Church throughout the continent.

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