Is the Fastest Growing New Religious Movement in the Americas – Santa Muerte – Institutionalizing?

All photos were taken by Fabiola Chesnut, Chair of Foreign Languages and Fine Arts at Huguenot High School, Richmond, Virginia, and native of Morelia, Michoacan. On 12/28/16 I attended the 9th anniversary celebration of the founding of Templo Santa Muerte Internacional in the gritty Mexico City suburb of Tultitlan.Founded by Jonathan Legaria Vargas, aka Comandante … Continue reading Is the Fastest Growing New Religious Movement in the Americas – Santa Muerte – Institutionalizing?

Santa Muerte Internacional Expands to Dallas and Atlanta

  A key element to Santa Muerte’s rise on the global stage has been her tradition’s distinct lack of central coordination. The power of her skeletal iconography to emerge among devotees of all walks of life has allowed her to move from the backwoods to the barrios of Mexico and from the streets to the highest … Continue reading Santa Muerte Internacional Expands to Dallas and Atlanta

“La Flaca” A New Film on Santa Muerte in NYC

Co-directors Thiago Zananto and Adriana Barbosa have released the trailer for their forthcoming film, "La Flaca," which features NYC Santa Muerte pioneer, Arely Vazquez. Filmed on location in Queens, "La Flaca" (or Skinny Lady, one of the skeleton saint's main monikers) focuses on the 9th anniversary fiesta of Arely's devotion to Saint Death. Top Mexican … Continue reading “La Flaca” A New Film on Santa Muerte in NYC

10 Years of Santa Muerte in NYC

On August 20, 2016, New York City devotional pioneer Arely Vazquez hosted her tenth annual Santa Muerte fiesta in Queens. Joined by the preeminent Santa Muerte leader in Mexico, Enriqueta Vargas of Templo Santa Muerte Internacional, Arely led some 150 devotees in an evening of prayer, song and dance. At first I was surprised by … Continue reading 10 Years of Santa Muerte in NYC

El Eposo de Doña Queta, Pionera de la Santa Muerte, Asesinado en Su Famoso Altar de Tepito

Se trata de una noticia en desarrollo y se actualizará a medida que nueva información llegue a SkeletonSaint.com   Traducido del ingles por Dra. Fabiola Lopez-Chesnut Cuando estaban ofreciendo una vela votiva en la mañana temprano a la santa esqueletica de 7 de junio de, 2016 en la famosa capilla de la Santa Muerte fundada … Continue reading El Eposo de Doña Queta, Pionera de la Santa Muerte, Asesinado en Su Famoso Altar de Tepito

Santa Muerte Pioneer Enriqueta Romero Mourns Her Slain Husband at Tepito Shrine

(Featured photo courtesy of Mexico City-based journalist David Agren) This is a developing news story and will be updated as new information comes in to SkeletonSaint.com. As they were offering votive candles to the skeleton saint early morning June 7, 2016 at the famous Santa Muerte shrine founded by Enriqueta Romero Romero (affectionately known as Doña Queta), … Continue reading Santa Muerte Pioneer Enriqueta Romero Mourns Her Slain Husband at Tepito Shrine

The Grim Reapress Returns to London: Dr. Andrew Chesnut to Lecture on Santa Muerte at Treadwell’s and London Society of Death in Early July

Join Professor Andrew Chesnut, author of 'Devoted to Death,' the only academic book in English on the Mexican skeleton saint, at Treadwell's Bookshop on July 1, 2016  for 'Santa Muerte, Love Sorceress: ‘Come to me .. or else!’ Click here for tickets and information. Then on July 6, head over to the London Society of … Continue reading The Grim Reapress Returns to London: Dr. Andrew Chesnut to Lecture on Santa Muerte at Treadwell’s and London Society of Death in Early July

Stash House Goddess: Media Portrayals of Santa Muerte

Certain media outlets, such as Breitbart continue the trend of inaccurate and fear mongering reporting on Santa Muerte (see: 37 Illegal Aliens Found in 'Goddess of Death' Shrine House).  As Dr. Andrew Chesnut points out in his Twitter post of this link, neither devotees nor scholars refer to Santa Muerte as a "goddess of death." This report … Continue reading Stash House Goddess: Media Portrayals of Santa Muerte

Game Over: ‘Madrina’ Enriqueta Vargas Officiates the First Funeral at Santa Muerte Internacional

(VAYA AQUI  para el artículo en español) Weddings and baptisms performed by Santa Muerte leaders are increasingly common in Mexico and the U.S.. For example, Enriqueta Vargas, head of the Templo Santa Muerte Internacional on the outskirts of Mexico City, now performs both rites on a weekly basis. It had always struck me as odd that … Continue reading Game Over: ‘Madrina’ Enriqueta Vargas Officiates the First Funeral at Santa Muerte Internacional

Game Over: “Madrina” Enriqueta Vargas Oficia el Primer Velorio Estilo Santa Muerte

Los bautismos y las bodas realizados por lideres del culto a la Santa Muerte son cada vez mas comun en Mexico y en los Estados Unidos. Por ejemplo, Enriqueta Vargas, lideresa del Templo Santa Muerte Internacional ya los oficia semanalmente en Tultitlan, en las afueras de la Ciudad de Mexico. Siempre me parecia curioso que … Continue reading Game Over: “Madrina” Enriqueta Vargas Oficia el Primer Velorio Estilo Santa Muerte