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

The adoration of death (Die anbetung des todes) by Andreas Robertz

Click Here for the original German language article from Andreas Robertz on the Deutzlandfunk website. This repost is an edited version of the Google translation. The piece is also available as a German language podcast - To listen Click Here. Death has always played an unusually prominent role in the everyday life of Mexico. When Santa … Continue reading The adoration of death (Die anbetung des todes) by Andreas Robertz

Madrina Vargas, líder del Templo de Santa Muerte en Tultitlán, habla sobre la destrucción de la capilla en Matamoros

El culto a la Santa Muerte cada vez cobra mas auge, así que debemos prepararnos para vencer las dudas, los mitos, los miedos, los temores. Ojalá y mis hermanos de Matamoros vuelvan a levantar su altar y personalmente acudiré a bendecirlo y a dar la oración, desde luego si ellos me lo permiten. La desinformación … Continue reading Madrina Vargas, líder del Templo de Santa Muerte en Tultitlán, habla sobre la destrucción de la capilla en Matamoros

Holiday Greetings from Santisima Muerte Poza Rica

Hola amigos! Santisima Muerte Poza Rica les desean a cada uno de ustedes y su familia, muy felize nochebuena, que la pasen de lo mejor y que todos sus anhelos se realichen, que tengan mucha felicidad y exito en todos sus proyectos de trabajo, personal, mucha salud para todos, dios y nuestra madre santisima los … Continue reading Holiday Greetings from Santisima Muerte Poza Rica

Santa Muerte – An ode, or perhaps a prayer

The following note was sent to us via Asa Plinch, who penned this very apt poetic exploration of the devotional tradition surrounding La Santa Muerte after hearing Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut speak on the Interfaith Voices program: As I listened to your interview on NPR, I scribbled down some notes. I have reconfigured them here … Continue reading Santa Muerte – An ode, or perhaps a prayer

Short Documentary on Santa Muerte from MonsterTV

As devotional traditions surrounding Santa Muerte continue to evolve, it is fascinating to see what aspects emerge from both sympathetic and oppositional accounts in the media. A recent documentary short from MonsterTV, a media collective based out of Mexico City, provides a good view of how La Nina Bonita's strong roots in the realm of … Continue reading Short Documentary on Santa Muerte from MonsterTV

Saint or Sinner? Mexico Debates A Cult’s Status (NPR – All Things Considered, 2009)

An episode from NPR's All Things Considered dedicated to Santa Muerte demonstrates a trend in reportage that has had an unfortunate effect on understanding the complexity of these faith traditions. Within three short paragraphs we already descend into a  narrative laden with adjectives like dangerous, dark, shacklike (an authorial invention to describe just how shack … Continue reading Saint or Sinner? Mexico Debates A Cult’s Status (NPR – All Things Considered, 2009)

Santa Muerte: My Search for the Bony Lady (Courtesy of Morbid Anatomy Library)

New York Times bestselling author Tony Hurley helped bring La Nina Blanca to The Morbid Anatomy Library in Brooklyn, New York after an introduction to Santa Muerte during a recent book tour. As the creator of the ghostgirl series and the new Blessed Trilogy, Hurley's work focuses on contemporary explorations of traditional ideas, making her a valued voice of … Continue reading Santa Muerte: My Search for the Bony Lady (Courtesy of Morbid Anatomy Library)