Reflections on “Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint,” R. Andrew Chesnut

devotedtodeathWhy did I choose to read this book?

Ever since reading various internet articles about Santa Muerte, Mexico’s “Skeleton Saint,” I have been absolutely fascinated by this deity and her fast-growing cult. A personification of Death venerated by people who identify as Catholic, yet whose worship is condemned by the Catholic church? A saint who devotees routinely included the last people we would usually think of as “spiritual,” including drug barons, prostitutes and the police who incarcerate them alike? As a Goth, Pagan, ex-Catholic and someone who has a broad interest in folk religion in general, I was intrigued and wanted to know more.[Read more]

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2 responses to “Reflections on “Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, The Skeleton Saint,” R. Andrew Chesnut

  1. That sounds really cool! I have traveled to Mexico twice and speak Spanish, so in some ways I have a stronger connection with Mexican culture than a lot of British Isles stuff! I’m curious how to incorporate Mexican elements into my practice respectfully. Here’s another article about Santa Muerte, which gives reviews of this book and a couple others. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2015/10/santa-muerte-holy-death/

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