The Offering of Flesh – A Personal Account of Sacred Tattooing in Santa Muerte’s Devotional Tradition

THE FOLLOWING IS A PERSONAL ACCOUNT FROM SANTA MUERTE DEVOTEE HANK VINE: It was early spring, 2016 - I was homeless, unemployed and drifting around the U.S. I'd just traveled from Minneapolis, Minnesota to the Rio Grande Valley, deep in south Texas where I was crashing on the couch of a friend whom I'd only … Continue reading The Offering of Flesh – A Personal Account of Sacred Tattooing in Santa Muerte’s Devotional Tradition

Loving Godmother, Holy Saint – Santa Muerte devotee Hank Vine on the death of la Madrina Enriqueta Vargas Ortiz, leader of Santa Muerte Internacional

It is difficult for me to make the distinction between Enriqueta Vargas Ortiz the person I adored and the spiritual leader that she was and now the transition to....I don't know, for me at least she is at the right hand of San Padrino Endoque (Jonathan Legaria Vargas.)* I understand what blossoms in a lot … Continue reading Loving Godmother, Holy Saint – Santa Muerte devotee Hank Vine on the death of la Madrina Enriqueta Vargas Ortiz, leader of Santa Muerte Internacional

Santa Muerte and the Culture of Violence

"Main stream media reports which unfairly categorize Santa Muerte as nothing more than a ‘narco-saint’ and criminal spiritual tradition are a good reminder that the current media is not capable of hosting a real dialogue on this topic. While the majority of Santa Muerte’s devotees are not satanic cartel hitmen, the struggle to pull her … Continue reading Santa Muerte and the Culture of Violence

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

‘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)

El Padrino Jonathan Legaria Vargas, Mi Niña y el Milagro, by Jeronimo Santiago

Queridos Hermanos d Fé, Quiero compartirles un Hecho Q m sucedio el dia d Hoy. En el Trayecto d mi casa hacia el medico se subieron Asaltar 4 individuos el Autobus c/ Armas d fuego donde venia su Servidor despojando d sus pertenencias a cada uno d los pasajeros. Al llegar el Asaltante ami lugar … Continue reading El Padrino Jonathan Legaria Vargas, Mi Niña y el Milagro, by Jeronimo Santiago

Who decides when the Reapress comes?

Recently Dr. Andrew Chesnut asked an intriguing question in regards to the efficacy of Santa Muerte: "Who, if anyone, decides the hour that Santa Muerte, the Reapress comes for our souls?" Robin Artisson, a writer on the subjects of folklore, supernaturalism, spiritual ecology, and pre-modern British Witchcraft, responded with his thoughts on her tradition. As … Continue reading Who decides when the Reapress comes?

La Santa Muerte me sacó de la cárcel

La Santa Muerte es el santo mas venerado en las prisiones de Mexico y no solo por los reos, Tambien cuenta con muchos devotos que son custodios, abogados y psicologos. En el testimonio que sigue el devoto Manuel Flores Machucha comparte su experiencia con la patrona de la carcel... - Voy a narrarle mi experiencia … Continue reading La Santa Muerte me sacó de la cárcel

I’ll Forever Sing Her Praises – A first hand account of Santa Muerte, the healer

Absent from media accounts of Santa Muerte is her role as a powerful curandera or healer. Many devotees first approach the Skeleton Saint for health-related reasons. Such is the case for Missy Barkley, the first Australian devotee I've come across. Below is Missy's account of how she came to believe in the Bony Lady..... I've … Continue reading I’ll Forever Sing Her Praises – A first hand account of Santa Muerte, the healer