Siparia In Critia

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Siparia was initially the site of a Spanish mission and a Capuchin pilgrimage church , which housed the statue of a black virgin called the La Divina Pastora (Divine Shepherdess in 1758) .Conferring to the World Forum on Theology and Liberation, (Haers & Peteers, 2003), the Catholic source of the feast ages back to the early 18th century, in Andalusia, southern Spain, where it was hypothetical that the Blessed Virgin Mary, appeared to Isidore of Seville in the guise of an Andalusian shepherdess. She told him that her part was to bring people into the sheepfold of her Divine Son. Isidore was a Capuchin monk, and his order brought the Holy Shepherdess devotion with them, as early as 1715, on their task to the South American mainland. But escaping torment by the neoindians, the Capuchin priests initiated a mission in Siparia, Trinidad, in 1759, taking with them the La Divina Pastora statue. On its feast day, the statue is carried in solemn march through the streets of Siparia while the rosary is recited and Marian hymns are sung, followed by “merry-making” by both believers and non-believers alike who…show more content…
The narration to her arrival are based on the religious and ethnic background of her various devotees. The East Indian labourer told villagers that by night fall, the young girl had grown into an old woman. The Hindus assumed that she was the black Hindu deity Kali because of her short stature, long black hair and copper colour. Other deviations have the figure being found by men cutlassing in the bush. Many believe Siparee Mai was born from the sand of Siparia . Just as she is known by diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, the mother is also known by different names based on religion and ethnic backgrounds, for e.g., she is Siparee Mai, Mother Durga, Mother Lakshmi, Mother Mary, La Divine, and Sita . And since the 1890s at least, she has been identified as Mother Kali (Mc Lean,
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