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
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
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
(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
As devotional traditions surrounding Santa Muerte continue to evolve, it is fascinating to see what aspects emerge from both sympathetic and oppositional accounts in the media. A recent documentary short from MonsterTV, a media collective based out of Mexico City, provides a good view of how La Nina Bonita's strong roots in the realm of … Continue reading Short Documentary on Santa Muerte from MonsterTV
(Originally published at ModernMythology.Net) When you stare into the empty eyes of La Nina Blanca do you feel the resonant warmth of a mother's love? It's there, if you look deep enough, at least for those who pay her true devotion. Even those coming from a more objective distance can't help but notice the prevalence … Continue reading A Mother’s Love and a Soldier’s Devotion – Santisima Muerte in Perspective
"For most devotees Santa Muerte is neither grim nor satanic. Instead, she is a saint who is as familiar to Mexicans as death itself. And her familiarity is reflected in her most common nicknames: Skinny Lady, White Sister, Godmother, Co-Godmother, White Girl and Pretty Girl. As godmother and sister, the saint becomes a supernatural family member, approached with the same type of intimacy Mexicans would typically accord their relatives. Much, of course, has been written about the uniqueness of the concept of death in Mexican culture. In his illuminating book on the subject, "Death and the Idea of Mexico," anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz even argues that death is totemic of the nation itself; that along with the Virgin of Guadalupe and 19th-century president, Benito Juarez, the figure of Catrina Calavera, the "playful skeleton." is one of the three great totems or powerful emblems of Mexicanness."