Come to me, or else! Santa Muerte, the Love Sorceress, An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut

On Monday, May 30th, at 7pm join Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, New York where he will be exploring the Bony Lady's fascinating role as Love Sorceress! While Santa Muerte, the Mexican saint of death, usually appears as a fierce narco-saint in mass media, TV and film, her oldest … Continue reading Come to me, or else! Santa Muerte, the Love Sorceress, An Illustrated Lecture with Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut

Stash House Goddess: Media Portrayals of Santa Muerte

Certain media outlets, such as Breitbart continue the trend of inaccurate and fear mongering reporting on Santa Muerte (see: 37 Illegal Aliens Found in 'Goddess of Death' Shrine House).  As Dr. Andrew Chesnut points out in his Twitter post of this link, neither devotees nor scholars refer to Santa Muerte as a "goddess of death." This report … Continue reading Stash House Goddess: Media Portrayals of Santa Muerte

3 Years with the Empress of the Americas

April 29th, 2016 marked the 3 year anniversary of SkeletonSaint.com.  It's been a wild and wonderful journey encountering and engaging the enigmatic Nina Bonita from jail cells in Madison County, Georgia to private shrines in the Philippines - the Americas’ fastest growing new spirituality continues to spread around the world and we’ve been at the … Continue reading 3 Years with the Empress of the Americas

St. Death & the Elves – Curious clues to the origins, associations & correspondences of la Nina Blanca

“Cowardly defamers, here I stand. I walk with the elf. Let their courage fall, their hairs stand on end, and let terror and fear reign them.”   - from the Invocation of Don Diego Duende The Magical Powers of the Holy Death, published in English by Jaguar Books' Cali Casa imprint, and available in Spanish from … Continue reading St. Death & the Elves – Curious clues to the origins, associations & correspondences of la Nina Blanca

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

Madrina de la Santa Muerte: Entrevista con Lideresa del Culto en Mexico, Enriqueta Vargas

La jefa del Templo Santa Muerte Internacional con sede en Tultitlan, Enriqueta Vargas se ha convertido en la liderasa mas dinamica del culto a la Santa Muerte en Mexico. Convertida a la fe depues del asesinato de su hijo Jonathan Legaria Vargas en 2008, quien fundo el templo en Tultitlan, la "Madrina" Vargas ha transformado el … Continue reading Madrina de la Santa Muerte: Entrevista con Lideresa del Culto en Mexico, Enriqueta Vargas

King Death: Santa Muerte in the Philippines

As a specialist in Latin American religion I suspected that sooner or later my research would take me to the Philippines, which was also colonized by Spain. However, I thought it would be the burgeoning Catholic Charismatic Renewal that would lead me there since I had done research on the dynamic movement in Latin America. … Continue reading King Death: Santa Muerte in the Philippines

Noisy Santa Muerte Statue Destroyed by Texas Bomb Squad

Santa Muerte is at it again in the small Texas border-town of San Benito. Two nights ago drivers on a rural road came across a white Santa Muerte statue planted in the middle of the road, on top of the yellow dividing line. At least one passerby believed they heard noises being emitted from the … Continue reading Noisy Santa Muerte Statue Destroyed by Texas Bomb Squad

Santa Muerte News: Human Hands and New Documentary

While Santa Muerte has become a permanent newsmaker, she received an extraordinary amount of coverage over the past couple weeks. The biggest story, by far, was one that Italian journalist Ludavico Laccino and I teamed up for on a series of Mexican cartel hitwomen who had adopted the nom de guerre of "Flaca" (often spelled … Continue reading Santa Muerte News: Human Hands and New Documentary

Three Suspects Detained For Doing Santa Muerte Witchcraft on Town Soccer Field

On Wednesday  a number of residents of the town of Buenos Aires, located about twenty miles north of the county seat of Cosoleacaque in the Mexican state of Veracruz, detained three suspected witches and handed them over to Veracruz State Police. It was the burning of Santa Muerte candles by the three suspects in the … Continue reading Three Suspects Detained For Doing Santa Muerte Witchcraft on Town Soccer Field