Getting To Know The Goddess Series: Guadalupe, Black Madonna of Spain and other Old World-New World Legacies of the Feminine Divine: September 15

Guadalupe, Black Madonna of Spain and other Old World-New World legacies of the Feminine Divine

Tejana cultural manager Cristina Ballí will share information and insights gained from a recent pilgrimage to Spain where she visited the Black Madonna Guadalupe in Extremadura, the inspiration for the naming of the Mexican Guadalupe of the Tepeyac, and the convent of Spanish medieval nun and mystic María de Jesus de Ágreda, who in the seventeenth century with her supernatural skills of bilocation allegedly evangelized the Native Americans of the southwestern U.S. ahead of the arrival of the Spanish friars. 

In her quest to connect more deeply with her indigenous roots, Ballí was surprised to find herself led spiritually to ancient goddess worshipping practices of old Europe and the Iberian peninsula.  She discovered how feminine spiritual principles survived and lived on through patriarchal religions, influencing and shaping the official form of doctrine that was to be taught in the new world and facilitating the connection with the conquered native populations of the Americas who already revered the feminine divine.  Rather than fully succumb to the new religion, the indigenous people of both Old Europe and the Americas continue to live their native understanding and expression of spirituality within Catholicism that includes both the masculine and the feminine spirit.

Ballí will also share information from other sights visited in this pilgrimage, including the Black Madonna Montserrat of Catalonia and the convents of Teresa de Ávila and Suso y Yuso.


Cristina Ballí is a bilingual cultural manager with expertise in Texas-Mexican culture and music.  She was Director of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito where she led the efforts to open the Historic, Conjunto Hall of Fame, and Freddy Fender Museums, and was also Director of Texas Folklife, a state-wide nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the traditional arts of Texas.  Ballí received a Bachelor of Social Work from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio and is a native of Brownsville, Texas. 

Event date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751