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Book Review: Górny, Grzegorz, Janusz Rosikoń and Stan Kacsprzak, Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code, San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2016.

Daniel Ymbong

Journal Title:NETSOL: New Trends in Social and Liberal Sciences

Author-photographer duo Grzegorz Górny and Rosikoń Janusz in Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code, thoroughly examine the Guadalupe tilma (cloak) in terms of its chronology, and political relevance in national identity, and religion. The book also examines the complex iconographies present in image and name, recently discovered scientific and mathematical phenomena relating to the tilma and the cultural fashion aspect of tilmas in general. The book is an amalgamation of interdisciplinary mediums in the cultural arts; showcasing past and present through photography and painting, featuring narrative commentaries on the pre-Columbian past, the Spanish Conquest, and the seed of Mexican Revolution. The authors also discuss the political impact of Guadalupe in times of rebellion and political transition placing particular emphasis on the scientific examination of the Guadalupe image. The book is loaded with numerous primary resources and research from other Guadalupe scholars, but given its overall tone and its publisher, the Ignatius Press, the work unsurprisingly emerges as a highly erudite pro-religious coffee table book anchored in essentialist data proclamations.