Asunción is a concept with several uses. The term, which comes from the Latin word assumptio, can refer to the act and result of assuming: accepting a responsibility, beginning to exercise a function or a position.
For example: “The inauguration of the president-elect will take place on March 14”, “Three months after the inauguration, the image of the governor fell five points”, “More than a hundred police officers will guarantee security in the inauguration of the legislators ”.
The assumption can also refer to the action of ascending (climbing or climbing, especially symbolically) or, in the realm of the Catholic religion, the elevation of the Virgin Mary to heaven in body and soul.
The tradition Catholic indicates that this assumption, regarded as a dogma of faith (a truth that should not question the believers), came when the Virgin Mary died and ascended to heaven. This festival, not to be confused with the ascension of Jesus, is celebrated every August 15.
We must refer to the Eastern liturgy to find the oldest reference to the Assumption of the Virgin. Already in the 4th century, a festival called The Memory of Mary took place. Its central theme was the entrance of the mother of Jesus Christ into heaven, which was believed to have occurred through such elevation in body and soul.
Two years later, this party began to be known by the name of Dormition of Mary, as it also focused on the death and resurrection of the Virgin; but it was not until the seventh century that the name Asunción was assigned, which has endured to this day.
Starting in the 4th and 5th centuries, a series of apocryphal stories about the assumption of the Virgin appeared. The Book of Saint John the Evangelist was the one that enjoyed the greatest circulation, and is believed to be among the oldest. Some orators from the East, including John of Damascus, John of Thessalonica, Saint German of Constantinople, and Saint Andrew of Crete, based many of their writings and homilies on the numerous apocryphal writings.
The doctrine of the Assumption took several centuries to reach the West, largely because of linguistic and political factors that separated the different nations: relations were not exactly favorable and there were not many experts in the Greek language yet. For these reasons, it was not until the 12th century that the treatise Ad Interrogata appeared, whose authorship was attributed to Saint Augustine, in which the assumption of the Virgin in body and soul was taken as true, something that was also supported by important theologians, such as being Saint Thomas Aquinas.
In the 16th century, Saint Pius V reformed the Breviary, a book of Catholicism in which the obligations of the clergy are collected for each moment of the year, and decided to eliminate the citations that were opposed to the theory of the Assumption, replacing them with writings that defend her.
Asunción, on the other hand, is the capital of Paraguay. The city has more than half a million inhabitants, being the most populated town in this South American country. The bay, the Palacio de los López, the National Pantheon of Heroes, the cathedral and the Manzana de la Rivera are among the main tourist attractions of Asunción.
Finally, it should be noted that Asunción is a feminine name that is used in Spain and in several Latin American countries. Asunción Balaguer, to cite a personality that bears this proper name, is a Spanish actress born in 1925 in Manresa who worked in film, theater and TV.