Orthodox Prayers for a Holy Death

Although the Catholic church has denounced most of the folk traditions which sanctify death, there is a long standing tradition within Catholicism that includes prayers for a holy death. While most of these prayers keep the process of dying firmly outside of saintly personhood, this is not always the case. The much beloved Francis of Assisi gave … Continue reading Orthodox Prayers for a Holy Death

Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Devotion To the Saint of Death

(This article originally appeared in January, 2012 on Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut's Huffington Post blog along with a photo essay. Click Here to see the original article and photos.) While tens of thousands of Mexicans have lost their lives in the ongoing drug war, millions more have become devoted to death. Saint Death (Santa Muerte) … Continue reading Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Devotion To the Saint of Death

She comes from the West with flowers in Her hair…

"Santa Muerte...hears prayers from dark places...She was sent to rescue the lost, society's rejects...She understands us, because she is a cabrona like us. We are hard people and we live hard lives. But she accepts us all, when we do good and bad."  - Hayde Solís Cárdenas, a 65 year old street merchant and devotee … Continue reading She comes from the West with flowers in Her hair…