THE FAMOUS CHINESE WOMAN IN MEXICO WASN’T REALLY CHINESE.

The history of Catarina de San Juan makes the trip in an inverse manner, in the XVII century in Puebla de Los Angeles Mexico, lived the rich Captain Don Miguel Sosa with his wife. The marriage had no descendants and because of that Sosa ceded to his wife’s pleas, something very common around that time, he sent for a female slave to keep his wife company. The girl that arrived in the Galeon of Manila was soon known as the “Chinese Poblana(inhabitant form Puebla)” because in that time all people from Asia were denominated Chinese whether they really were or not.

Notwithstanding, her life doesn’t keep any similarity with the women that made popular the fashion belonging to the XVII. Sosa’s slave soon revealed to her masters that in reality she was a princess from India called Mirra from the empire of the great Mogol and that she had been kidnapped and sold as a slave in Philippines. Baptized as Catarina she visited with frequency the famous Poblana nun Sister Maria de Jesus, whose holly life and lightened up halo attracted the Indo-Philippine princess. Once the captain and his wife died, Mirra thought of entering into a convent, but she got married as an advice of her confessor. Once she became a widow, Mirra became free in developing the spiritual life and heads herself through the path of perfection with visions of Christ and without temptations from the devil. She died being acclaimed as saint by the inhabitants of Puebla.

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