Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe pilgrimage marred by deaths

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One of the largest annual pilgrimages in Latin America has been marred this year by the death of at least 11 pilgrims.

The victims were among an estimated seven million pilgrims, who travelled to Mexico City to honour the Virgin of Guadalupe, the country's patron saint.

According to accounts published in both the indigenous language, Nahuatl, and Spanish in the 1600s, the Virgin Mary appeared to the indigenous peasant, Juan Diego, in the hills of Tepeyac in the outskirts of Mexico City on 9 December 1531.

Being a woman of brown skin, the image of "La Guadalupana", as she is sometimes called, is one that unifies and reconciles Mexico's history and blends its Spanish colonial and Aztec heritage.

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