Digital imagery has become a central element of the growth and development of Santa Muerte’s devotional tradition. Altar photographs are especially popular and provide devotees with a way to publicly express their appreciation for la Santisima’s place in their life. Some of the most intimate altar photography that I’ve come across during my research is being shared by Hank Vine, a U.S. devotee in Sulphur Springs, Texas.

Enjoy this selection of photography which illustrates the life and devotion of a ‘hillybilly monk’ who has fallen deeply in love with la Nina:

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You can also Click Here to enjoy a bit of Hank’s homespun wisdom from his collaboration with north east Georgia Santa Muerte devotee, C. Gordon Perry:

 

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