Santa Muerte Shrine in Michoacan

The Santa Muerte shrine in the tiny Michoacan town of Santa Ana Chapitiro is one of the most impressive in Mexico. Built by a devotee from Mexico City, it contains exclusively handcrafted images of the skeleton saint. Devotees come from all over Mexico and the United States to leave offerings of thanksgiving and also to ask the saint of death for all kinds of favors but usually those relating to health, wealth and love. In late September of every year the owners of the shrine hold an annual feast over three days in which devotees of death come from both countries to celebrate their devotion to the Bony Lady. I took the photos in the following slide show during a visit in July, 2014.

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