Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (Mexican Bishops’ Conference) issues ‘Clarification’ on Santa Muerte

The Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (Mexican Bishops' Conference)¬†has issued a clarification further condemning the devotional tradition surrounding La Santa Muerte. In a statement that tightens the official position on the cult, the Conference details a number of points that draw no uncertain terms on the orthodox rejection of Santa Muerte as a legitimate, or even … Continue reading Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano (Mexican Bishops’ Conference) issues ‘Clarification’ on Santa Muerte

Mexico’s Trinity of Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and Calavera Catrina, An Illustrated Overview

The season of death is at hand. Halloween and the Mexican death trinity of Day of the Dead, Catrina Calavera (Skeleton Dame), and Santa Muerte (Saint Death) engage millions of South and North Americans in rituals that reconnect us with our own mortality. Leaving aside the jack-o-lanterns and trick or treating of our own childhood … Continue reading Mexico’s Trinity of Death: Santa Muerte, Day of the Dead and Calavera Catrina, An Illustrated Overview

El Culto de la Santa Muerte – Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut on Interfaith Voices

Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut was recently featured on Interfaith Voices, a leading public radio news program, to discuss¬†La Nina Bonita, and give some insight into the deeper relevance of this feverishly contested faith tradition. From the show's description: "Drug traffickers and police, maligned women and any who feel death may be imminent: those who venerate … Continue reading El Culto de la Santa Muerte – Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut on Interfaith Voices

Short Documentary on Santa Muerte from MonsterTV

As devotional traditions surrounding Santa Muerte continue to evolve, it is fascinating to see what aspects emerge from both sympathetic and oppositional accounts in the media. A recent documentary short from MonsterTV, a media collective based out of Mexico City, provides a good view of how La Nina Bonita's strong roots in the realm of … Continue reading Short Documentary on Santa Muerte from MonsterTV