The Our Town item in the 8/9 Reader entitled “Do You See What I See?” had me shaking my head in disbelief, not so much because of the incredible hokum involved in this farce but because the Reader actually saw fit to give up two pages of print and photo space to Sebastian Cuaya’s confabulation.
Throughout modern history, images and icons of the Virgin Mary have inundated mainstream cultures via Western art and Eastern religion. In addition to the Lady of Guadalupe, there is the Black Madonna, the Lady of Czestochowa, numerous variations of paintings and renderings of the Nativity scene, even a state of the union, Maryland, seemingly named after her. I could go on and on with other examples. To many, especially the poor and the weak, Mary is a mediatrix providing comfort to those faithful in need, and this is precisely the demographic group sucked into Cuaya’s charade.
Cuaya’s overwrought imagination seems to have allowed him to claim 15 minutes of fame because of his theatrics. It is my bet that Cuaya (and others) would see the very same image in a Rorschach test that is claimed to be seen in those tree knots. The shrinks could have a field day with this one.