A Gringa in Tepito – American Devotee Documents the 17th Anniversary of Famous Santa Muerte Shrine

Text and photos by Heather Buckley* The taxi pulled up to a blocked off street in Tepito. Today was October 31, Halloween, and I was drawn to see Her. This was my second full day in Mexico City. I do not speak the language—I went by myself. I might have looked out-of-place dressed as I … Continue reading A Gringa in Tepito – American Devotee Documents the 17th Anniversary of Famous Santa Muerte Shrine

Healed by Death – Santa Muerte as Curandera

Text and photo by guest contributor Stephen Patrick Guagliardo*   I’ve wanted to write this for a while.  Before I actually begin, this is going to be specifically about my own personal devotion to Santa Muerte, not me teaching about her or anything like that. So, if you find yourself wanting to learn more about … Continue reading Healed by Death – Santa Muerte as Curandera

Santa Muerte and the Culture of Violence

"Main stream media reports which unfairly categorize Santa Muerte as nothing more than a ‘narco-saint’ and criminal spiritual tradition are a good reminder that the current media is not capable of hosting a real dialogue on this topic. While the majority of Santa Muerte’s devotees are not satanic cartel hitmen, the struggle to pull her … Continue reading Santa Muerte and the Culture of Violence

British Anthropologist Discovers Santa Muerte in Bone-Chilling Toronto

Since going public in 2001 devotion to Santa Muerte has spread rapidly beyond Mexico to the four corners of the globe. In the piece below anthropologist Dr. Kate Kingsbury* reveals the robust presence of the Bony Lady in Toronto, Canada’s largest city.   In the middle of bustling Toronto, Kensington Market offers respite from the … Continue reading British Anthropologist Discovers Santa Muerte in Bone-Chilling Toronto

Move Over Mictecacihuatl: Santa Muerte as Purepecha Goddess Xaratanga

La Casa de la Santa Muerte in the tiny town of Santa Ana Chapitiro, just a 15-minute drive from Day of the Dead Mecca, Patzcuaro, is one of the most unique shrines to the Bony Lady in Mexico. I first visited it in the summer of 2009 when I was just starting my decade-long research … Continue reading Move Over Mictecacihuatl: Santa Muerte as Purepecha Goddess Xaratanga

10 Años Enalteciendo a Nuestra Santa Muerte – Reflections on the 2017 anniversary celebration for Santa Muerte Internacional from Hank Vine

Yes, it has been a very good day... The gentleman who rescued me at the airport the last time I visited (see Born in Texas, Complete in Mexico) is the one who I went with today. I got called up to speak and be introduced to the people and I told how Flaca has given … Continue reading 10 Años Enalteciendo a Nuestra Santa Muerte – Reflections on the 2017 anniversary celebration for Santa Muerte Internacional from Hank Vine

Boletín de Prensa: Dr. Andrew Chesnut Dará Dos Platicas en México en Diciembre sobre la Santa Muerte

Dr. Andrew Chesnut, autor del libro Santa Muerte: La Segadora Segura, dara' dos platicas sobre el culto a la Santa Muerte a mediados de diciembre del 2017. Su primera charla "Santa Muerte: el Nuevo Movimiento de Mayor Crecimiento en Mexico y toda America" se llevara' a cabo el dia 14 de este mes a las 12:00 … Continue reading Boletín de Prensa: Dr. Andrew Chesnut Dará Dos Platicas en México en Diciembre sobre la Santa Muerte

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!