2nd Edition of Pioneering Book on Santa Muerte Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the 2nd Edition of Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut's pioneering work, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint, is now available from Oxford University Press! The new edition includes a foreword from co-curator of SkeletonSaint.com, David Metcalfe, overviewing some of the profound changes that have occurred during the past 5 years since the … Continue reading 2nd Edition of Pioneering Book on Santa Muerte Now Available!

Born in Texas, Complete in Mexico – The Testimony of Warren Robert ‘Hank’ Vine

The following account is provided by Texas devotee, Warren Robert 'Hank' Vine - it details experiences he had with la Santa Muerte during a recent trip to Ecatepec, Mexico:  I will attempt to put into correct articulation the events of today, but I must preface what I am about to say with: My American friends … Continue reading Born in Texas, Complete in Mexico – The Testimony of Warren Robert ‘Hank’ Vine

Borderland Devotions – Santa Muerte and the margins of faith

While the media in the U.S., Mexico and beyond often focuses on an inflated image of Santa Muerte as a so-called ‘narco-saint,’ her devotees come from a broad spectrum of those who have been born beyond, stepped away from or been pushed outside of the status quo. She stands as a loving matron for those … Continue reading Borderland Devotions – Santa Muerte and the margins of faith

The Universal Mother and a Universal Flag – A Neo-Pagan reflection on Santa Muerte

The following piece was submitted by Gabriel Oakfield, a Neo-Pagan Santa Muerte devotee from the United Kingdom, who provides his personal perspective on Santa Muerte's place in bridging tensions between a Catholic upbringing and his sexual identity. In this reflection Oakfield also allows us to see one way in which Saint Death's decentralized global presence is acting … Continue reading The Universal Mother and a Universal Flag – A Neo-Pagan reflection on Santa Muerte

U.S. Bishops Denounce Santa Muerte

Russell Contreras reporting for AP News provides context for an important new development in the Roman Catholic church's official condemnation of Santa Muerte's devotional tradition. U.S. Bishops have, for the first time, come out with an official statement on their position that Santa Muerte is not considered compatible with Catholic values - coming at a … Continue reading U.S. Bishops Denounce Santa Muerte

The Enigmatic Allure of the Beautiful Girl

A recent meet-up at a home temple in Dallas, Texas between top Mexican Santa Muerte leader Enriqueta Vargas of Santa Muerte Internacional and Padre Sisyphus Garcia, pioneering founder of the Los Angeles Templo Santa Muerte, provides a perfect portrait of increasing centralization in Santa Muerte's multifaceted public devotional tradition. Vargas' diplomacy has extended the presence of SMI from its base … Continue reading The Enigmatic Allure of the Beautiful Girl

‘My Lady Saint’ – Reflections on devotion from Asher Meekins

UK writer Asher Meekins represents a growing number of individuals outside of the Americas who have been drawn to Santa Muerte's devotional tradition as a solution to the contemporary drift away from organized religious institutions. The following reflections offer a very personal picture of his journey with the Bony Lady: I just wanted to share … Continue reading ‘My Lady Saint’ – Reflections on devotion from Asher Meekins

La fiesta del santito milagroso “San La Muerte” (Lic. Juano Romero)

El santito, san la muerte, cada 20 de agosto, reúne a muchas familias, donde se festeja su día en la localidad de Empedrado Corrientes, con muchos rituales de agradecimientos a través de la música, la danza, procesiones, ofrendas. En este contexto es parte de la identidad folklórica de la zona. Si bien para este santo … Continue reading La fiesta del santito milagroso “San La Muerte” (Lic. Juano Romero)

Photography of Faith – Santa Muerte in Sulphur Springs, Texas

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 … Continue reading Photography of Faith – Santa Muerte in Sulphur Springs, Texas