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

The Enigmatic Allure of the Beautiful Girl

A recent meet-up at a home temple in Dallas, Texas between top Mexican Santa Muerte leader Enriqueta Vargas of Santa Muerte Internacional and Padre Sisyphus Garcia, pioneering founder of the Los Angeles Templo Santa Muerte, provides a perfect portrait of increasing centralization in Santa Muerte's multifaceted public devotional tradition. Vargas' diplomacy has extended the presence of SMI from its base … Continue reading The Enigmatic Allure of the Beautiful Girl

‘My Lady Saint’ – Reflections on devotion from Asher Meekins

UK writer Asher Meekins represents a growing number of individuals outside of the Americas who have been drawn to Santa Muerte's devotional tradition as a solution to the contemporary drift away from organized religious institutions. The following reflections offer a very personal picture of his journey with the Bony Lady: I just wanted to share … Continue reading ‘My Lady Saint’ – Reflections on devotion from Asher Meekins

“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

La fiesta del santito milagroso “San La Muerte” (Lic. Juano Romero)

El santito, san la muerte, cada 20 de agosto, reúne a muchas familias, donde se festeja su día en la localidad de Empedrado Corrientes, con muchos rituales de agradecimientos a través de la música, la danza, procesiones, ofrendas. En este contexto es parte de la identidad folklórica de la zona. Si bien para este santo … Continue reading La fiesta del santito milagroso “San La Muerte” (Lic. Juano Romero)

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

El Eposo de Doña Queta, Pionera de la Santa Muerte, Asesinado en Su Famoso Altar de Tepito

Se trata de una noticia en desarrollo y se actualizará a medida que nueva información llegue a SkeletonSaint.com   Traducido del ingles por Dra. Fabiola Lopez-Chesnut Cuando estaban ofreciendo una vela votiva en la mañana temprano a la santa esqueletica de 7 de junio de, 2016 en la famosa capilla de la Santa Muerte fundada … Continue reading El Eposo de Doña Queta, Pionera de la Santa Muerte, Asesinado en Su Famoso Altar de Tepito

Santa Muerte Pioneer Enriqueta Romero Mourns Her Slain Husband at Tepito Shrine

(Featured photo courtesy of Mexico City-based journalist David Agren) This is a developing news story and will be updated as new information comes in to SkeletonSaint.com. As they were offering votive candles to the skeleton saint early morning June 7, 2016 at the famous Santa Muerte shrine founded by Enriqueta Romero Romero (affectionately known as Doña Queta), … Continue reading Santa Muerte Pioneer Enriqueta Romero Mourns Her Slain Husband at Tepito Shrine

Photography of Faith – Santa Muerte in Sulphur Springs, Texas

Digital imagery has become a central element of the growth and development of Santa Muerte's devotional tradition. Altar photographs are especially popular and provide devotees with a way to publicly express their appreciation for la Santisima's place in their life. Some of the most intimate altar photography that I've come across during my research is … Continue reading Photography of Faith – Santa Muerte in Sulphur Springs, Texas

The Grim Reapress Returns to London: Dr. Andrew Chesnut to Lecture on Santa Muerte at Treadwell’s and London Society of Death in Early July

Join Professor Andrew Chesnut, author of 'Devoted to Death,' the only academic book in English on the Mexican skeleton saint, at Treadwell's Bookshop on July 1, 2016  for 'Santa Muerte, Love Sorceress: ‘Come to me .. or else!’ Click here for tickets and information. Then on July 6, head over to the London Society of … Continue reading The Grim Reapress Returns to London: Dr. Andrew Chesnut to Lecture on Santa Muerte at Treadwell’s and London Society of Death in Early July