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

Santa Muerte as Religious Resistance – Reflections of a Devotee

The following post from the Devoted to Death Facebook group provides a powerful perspective on current events from a U.S. devotee of Santa Muerte. In this piece Robin Artisson reflects on some of the extreme political changes occurring and what place Saint Death may have in helping to focus these issues for those pushed to … Continue reading Santa Muerte as Religious Resistance – Reflections of a Devotee

Death & Santa Muerte – Elliot Edge in conversation with researcher David Metcalfe

The Cult of Santa Muerte has grown to encompass millions of followers spanning from Chile to Canada, and more recently around the globe. In this 3 hour presentation, Elliot Edge joins researcher and writer David Metcalfe in conversation about this new representation of death taking over the Americas, as well as comments on death in culture, … Continue reading Death & Santa Muerte – Elliot Edge in conversation with researcher David Metcalfe

Death in the UK: An Interview with Michael Caleigh, One of the First European Devotees of Santa Muerte

Our European ancestors brought the Grim Reaper to the New World a few centuries ago, and now devotees of Saint Death in the Americas have returned the favor by exporting Santa Muerte back across the Atlantic. Over the past five years I’ve observed a number of surprising new trends in the astronomical growth of the cult of the … Continue reading Death in the UK: An Interview with Michael Caleigh, One of the First European Devotees of Santa Muerte

Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut featured on Expanding Mind

Hosts Erik Davis and Maja D'Aoust recently invited Andrew Chesnut to discuss the rising growth of Santa Muerte's devotional tradition on the Expanding Minds podcast. The wide ranging discussion covers the tradition in depth and touches on a number of interesting points: From the show's synopsis: "The cult of death, narco spirituality, and Mexico’s increasingly … Continue reading Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut featured on Expanding Mind

Santa Muerte: la santa que no discrimina

Entrevista con el autor, Andrew Chesnut, realizado por el periodista mexicano José de Jesús Pacheco Vela (@peach_melba) Hace ocho años, el historiador nortea-mericano Andrew Chesnut caminaba por los rumbos de Mixcoac en una de sus visitas al DF cuando encontró, en un puesto de revistas, una imagen esquelética femenina en una portada: era la Santa … Continue reading Santa Muerte: la santa que no discrimina

Ceremonias espirituales de la Santa Muerte

The following video from Yohanan Díaz Vargas features Martin George, editor of Devoción a la Santa Muerte magazine and leader of the Santa Muerte shrine in Iztapalapa. George is a vocal proponent of the fact that devotion to Santa Muerte does not include blood sacrifice, murder, or any of the violent associations that the global media has … Continue reading Ceremonias espirituales de la Santa Muerte

El Culto de la Santa Muerte – Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut on Interfaith Voices

Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut was recently featured on Interfaith Voices, a leading public radio news program, to discuss La Nina Bonita, and give some insight into the deeper relevance of this feverishly contested faith tradition. From the show's description: "Drug traffickers and police, maligned women and any who feel death may be imminent: those who venerate … Continue reading El Culto de la Santa Muerte – Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut on Interfaith Voices