The Virgin’s Robe Made From Maguey Fibers

I just got an interesting email forward — one that could only be sent in Mexico, I’m sure. The topic of the email was “scientific” studies of the manta (robe) of the Virgin of Guadalupe, which don’t seem at all plausible to me. What did catch my attention in the email is that the robe is made of woven Maguey fibers.  Magueyes, which are — very generally speaking — similar to man-sized aloe vera plants, were important for their utility and are still famous as the producers of agua miel which is fermented into the traditional, nutritious, alcoholic beverage pulque. My point was… um… that that is interesting.

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