Urqupiña Travels: A meditation on the Virgin Mary, displacement, and agency
Urqupiña, the name of the Marian advocation of Quillacollo, Bolivia, is Quechua and translates as “She is already up on the hill.” It is the phrase a young shepherdess used to tell her people about the whereabouts of the miraculous lady with whom she had convened. According to the legend, she thus inaugurated this specific Marian shrine. Departing from Mary of Urqupiña's primordial being already up there, this article is a free mediation on the themes of mobility/displacement and agency as they relate to a Marian image in several contexts. While this text exclusively follows Mary of Urqupiña through some of the contexts of her existence, it aims to provide some associative suggestions for a consideration of the specific material, spatial, and temporal conditions that define the modes of displacement and participation in social practice that are characteristic for Marian images more generally.