The Offering of Flesh – A Personal Account of Sacred Tattooing in Santa Muerte’s Devotional Tradition

THE FOLLOWING IS A PERSONAL ACCOUNT FROM SANTA MUERTE DEVOTEE HANK VINE: It was early spring, 2016 - I was homeless, unemployed and drifting around the U.S. I'd just traveled from Minneapolis, Minnesota to the Rio Grande Valley, deep in south Texas where I was crashing on the couch of a friend whom I'd only … Continue reading The Offering of Flesh – A Personal Account of Sacred Tattooing in Santa Muerte’s Devotional Tradition

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

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

Photoset of the 14th Anniversary of Santa Muerte in Tepito

Santa Muerte devotees flocked to Tepito, Mexico City's most notorious barrio, on Halloween night, 2015, to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the founding of the first public shrine by former quesadilla vendor, Enriqueta Romero. On October 31, 2001, Romero made history by setting her life-size effigy of the skeleton saint outside on the sidewalk in … Continue reading Photoset of the 14th Anniversary of Santa Muerte in Tepito

Tiembla Tierra! Lideresa de la Santa Muerte Promete Limpiar el Culto

  Respondiendo a recientes agresiones de parte de ciertos rivales religiosos, la lideresa maxima de los templos de la Santa Muerte en Mexico, Enriqueta Vargas de Tultitlan, hablo en exclusivo con Skeleton Saint sobre su papel en el culto y su propuesta de limpiarlo de lo que ella ve como mercaderes y charlatanes. VOY A DEJAR … Continue reading Tiembla Tierra! Lideresa de la Santa Muerte Promete Limpiar el Culto

Ceremonias espirituales de la Santa Muerte

The following video from Yohanan Díaz Vargas features Martin George, editor of Devoción a la Santa Muerte magazine and leader of the Santa Muerte shrine in Iztapalapa. George is a vocal proponent of the fact that devotion to Santa Muerte does not include blood sacrifice, murder, or any of the violent associations that the global media has … Continue reading Ceremonias espirituales de la Santa Muerte

“La Santa Muerte: La segadora segura” – Origenes y Poderes de La “Nina Blanca”

El libro del Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut, La Santa Muerte: La segadora segura, aparece en un reciente artículo de El Mercurio de Veracruz: La imagen cadavérica, casi aterradora resultó ser una de las más adoradas por inmigrantes latinoamericanos en Estados Unidos, donde sus estampas, figuras y veladoras se pueden encontrar en diversas tiendas y estados … Continue reading “La Santa Muerte: La segadora segura” – Origenes y Poderes de La “Nina Blanca”

Santa Muerte: A Familiar Death

"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."

Vatican Cultural Minister Declares Santa Muerte “Blasphemous”

The battle between the Catholic orthodoxy and devotees of Santa Muerte has hit a high water mark with a visit to Mexico from the Vatican's Cultural Minister, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. Sarah C. Nelson, writing for Huffington Post UK, reports on the news that Ravasi has given a charge of blasphemy to Santa Muerte in a … Continue reading Vatican Cultural Minister Declares Santa Muerte “Blasphemous”