2nd Edition of Pioneering Book on Santa Muerte Now Available!

We are excited to announce that the 2nd Edition of Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut's pioneering work, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint, is now available from Oxford University Press! The new edition includes a foreword from co-curator of SkeletonSaint.com, David Metcalfe, overviewing some of the profound changes that have occurred during the past 5 years since the … Continue reading 2nd Edition of Pioneering Book on Santa Muerte Now Available!

Top Vatican Official Rebukes Santa Muerte – Again

Italian cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, has reiterated his denunciation of Santa Muerte issued in Mexico City four years ago. Speaking yesterday at Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria he said, "These depravaties, blasphemies, and idolatries have become a real and perverse cult among Mexican narcos with the veneration of Santa Muerte, … Continue reading Top Vatican Official Rebukes Santa Muerte – Again

Santa Muerte Across the Americas – USC Journalist Melanie Gonzalez Covers the Bony Lady in LA and Beyond

Melanie Gonzalez, University of Southern California journalism student at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, has developed a most impressive multimedia project on the fastest growing new religious movement in the Americas. Los Angeles, the mecca of Santa Muerte devotion in the U.S., is the focus of Gonzalez's illuminating portrait, but there is also … Continue reading Santa Muerte Across the Americas – USC Journalist Melanie Gonzalez Covers the Bony Lady in LA and Beyond

U.S. Bishops Denounce Santa Muerte

Russell Contreras reporting for AP News provides context for an important new development in the Roman Catholic church's official condemnation of Santa Muerte's devotional tradition. U.S. Bishops have, for the first time, come out with an official statement on their position that Santa Muerte is not considered compatible with Catholic values - coming at a … Continue reading U.S. Bishops Denounce Santa Muerte

O Quinto Aniversário da Santa Muerte do México

Por meses tenho esperado pela 15ª aniversário do altar da Santa Muerte, de Enriqueta Romero, no conhecido bairro de Tepito, situado na Cidade do México. A Dona Queta, como é conhecida carinhosamente, lançou, sem premeditar, o movimento religioso que mais cresce nas Américas. E tudo isso simplesmente ao colocar sua estátua de esqueleto - de … Continue reading O Quinto Aniversário da Santa Muerte do México

¿Es Santa Muerte – el Nuevo Movimiento Religioso de más rápido crecimiento en las Américas – Institucionalizando?

Tanto las fotos como la traduccion del ingles fueron realizadas por la Dra. Fabiola Chesnut, Jefa del Departamento de Lenguas Extranjeras y Bellas Artes de la Escuela Secundaria Huguenot, Richmond, Virginia, y nativa de Morelia, Michoacán. Texto por el Dr. Andrew Chesnut. El día 28/12/16 asistí a la celebración del 9º aniversario de la fundación … Continue reading ¿Es Santa Muerte – el Nuevo Movimiento Religioso de más rápido crecimiento en las Américas – Institucionalizando?

Is the Fastest Growing New Religious Movement in the Americas – Santa Muerte – Institutionalizing?

All photos were taken by Fabiola Chesnut, Chair of Foreign Languages and Fine Arts at Huguenot High School, Richmond, Virginia, and native of Morelia, Michoacan. On 12/28/16 I attended the 9th anniversary celebration of the founding of Templo Santa Muerte Internacional in the gritty Mexico City suburb of Tultitlan.Founded by Jonathan Legaria Vargas, aka Comandante … Continue reading Is the Fastest Growing New Religious Movement in the Americas – Santa Muerte – Institutionalizing?

Santa Muerte Internacional Expands to Dallas and Atlanta

  A key element to Santa Muerte’s rise on the global stage has been her tradition’s distinct lack of central coordination. The power of her skeletal iconography to emerge among devotees of all walks of life has allowed her to move from the backwoods to the barrios of Mexico and from the streets to the highest … Continue reading Santa Muerte Internacional Expands to Dallas and Atlanta

“La Flaca” A New Film on Santa Muerte in NYC

Co-directors Thiago Zananto and Adriana Barbosa have released the trailer for their forthcoming film, "La Flaca," which features NYC Santa Muerte pioneer, Arely Vazquez. Filmed on location in Queens, "La Flaca" (or Skinny Lady, one of the skeleton saint's main monikers) focuses on the 9th anniversary fiesta of Arely's devotion to Saint Death. Top Mexican … Continue reading “La Flaca” A New Film on Santa Muerte in NYC

10 Years of Santa Muerte in NYC

On August 20, 2016, New York City devotional pioneer Arely Vazquez hosted her tenth annual Santa Muerte fiesta in Queens. Joined by the preeminent Santa Muerte leader in Mexico, Enriqueta Vargas of Templo Santa Muerte Internacional, Arely led some 150 devotees in an evening of prayer, song and dance. At first I was surprised by … Continue reading 10 Years of Santa Muerte in NYC