Devoting Myself to Death on Day of the Dead: a Santa Muerte Devotee in Rural Oaxaca

Abby describes how she watched, initially a non-believer herself, as her family and the whole community came together to care for a statue of Santa Muerte during a hurricane and eventually built a large chapel that would come to house many statues where la Santa would be celebrated on Day of the Dead and Abby would come to realise she was devoted to death.

London Death Society Entrevista al Profesor Andrew Chesnut acerca de la Santa Muerte

El Dr. Andrew Chesnut es el principal experto en la santa popular mexicana, Santa Muerte. Tiene la Cátedra Walter F. Sullivan en Estudios Católicos y es Profesor Titular de Estudios Religiosos en la Universidad de Virginia Commonwealth. Publicado por primera vez en el 2012 por Oxford University Press, su libro Santa Muerte: La Segadora Segadora … Continue reading London Death Society Entrevista al Profesor Andrew Chesnut acerca de la Santa Muerte

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