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
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
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
While the targeted destruction of Santa Muerte shrines and altars has been going on for several years in Mexico, over the past few months it's increased throughout the country. Most of the shrines leveled had been erected on public property, but the latest case of iconoclasm occurred on private grounds in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. According … Continue reading Top Santa Muerte Leader Protests Latest Shrine Attack in Mexico
Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut was recently featured on Interfaith Voices, a leading public radio news program, to discuss La Nina Bonita, and give some insight into the deeper relevance of this feverishly contested faith tradition. From the show's description: "Drug traffickers and police, maligned women and any who feel death may be imminent: those who venerate … Continue reading El Culto de la Santa Muerte – Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut on Interfaith Voices
The Santa Fe Radio Cafe recently featured Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut, Chair of Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, in conversation with host Mary-Charlotte.
"More and more African Americans and Anglo Americans are interested in Her stuff, and that's obviously fairly recent. She seems to be transcending her Mexican roots, and even the pan-Latin roots, and appealing to people who aren't Mexican or Latin American heritage."