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Old 15th July 2009, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Santa Muerte (Saint Death)

Im not sure if many here know much about Magic & Talismans from South America. Recently in Mexico City there has been a huge surge in the Worship of an Ancient,Forbidden Diety knows as Santa Muerte or more commonly....Saint Death.

The blessings of Santa Muerte are highly sought by Drug Dealers,Cartel Bosses,Prostitutes,Gamblers for Protection,Luck, and of course Invincibilty.


This Saint is frequently dressed as a grim reaper with a scythe and scales (the scales may be reminiscent of St. Michael). She may also be dressed in a long, white satin gown with a golden crown (Muerte, and its related Romance words, has a feminine gender). In this form, many devotees view her as a variation of the Virgin Mary.

Grim Reaper statues are made in red, white, green and black – for love, luck, financial success and protection. Offerings to Santa Muerte include roses, marijuana, cigarettes, fruit, candy and tequila. Public shrines to Saint Death are adorned with red roses, cigars,fruit and bottles of tequila, and Santa Muerte candles burn in her honor. Throughout Mexico, and in parts of the United States (especially in Mexican immigrant communities), Santa Muerte prayer cards, polichinels, medals, and candles are made and sold to the public (Wiki)

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Re: Santa Muerte (Saint Death)

what do you get for praying to her? looks scary

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Re: Santa Muerte (Saint Death)

Courtesy of The Times.

The Santa Muerte Death Cult :
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They seek her dark blessing on the road shrines that line the route to Texas: la niña blanca, (The white girl) they call her or else, with a touch of grim humour la flaca (the skinny one). She's the skeleton, gaunt and grinning , and shrouded in veils known as Santa Muerte, or Saint Death, who has become the patron of Mexico's narcos, powerful drug clans engaged in bitter war against the State.

At a time when death by beheading is not uncommon, narcos turn to Santa Muerte to implore protection and "a good death." Her altars are lined with their offerings: tequila and rum (she's said to love a stiff drink) tobacco (puffed as incense over her shrines), and offerings of fruit, and flowers: white roses for healing and red ones for love. Even the candles are colour coded: green is the colour to ask for justice (or problems with the law) while gold signifies wealth. Recovering drug addicts favour yellow candles, while black candles equal requests for total protection, the fulfilment of your deepest, perhaps darkest desire. Unlike other saints, Santa Muerte is said to make no distinction between good requests and bad.

Online prayer manuals include petitions for sexual prowess, to stop a wedding from taking place, or getting rid of troublesome boyfriends as well as help with lesser ills: for health problems, or to stop children playing traunt from school. In fact, according to Homero Aridjis, a Mexican writer who has based a short story collection on the theme, two kinds of Mexican ask favours from Saint Death: "There are those who come to Santa Muerte asking for work, health or food, and then there are the wealth, the politicians and the criminals who ask her to grant them revenge or the deaths of other people."

What is not in doubt is the fervour of her followers. Santa Muerte will, assert the commentators on a Mexican blog "grant whatever you ask, 100 per cent and in a short space of time." However "in the long run, she will make you pay for it too." Fail to pay tribute, and some say Santa Muerte will claim the life of a family member in return. A Chicago-based Mexican warns that his prayers to Saint Death did result in him finding a job - but then his child became seriously ill. There's a price, it seems, for praying to Saint Death.

"It's not that she is bad but sometimes we are" explain the prisoners interviewed on this subtitled trailer for the film La Santa Muerte a documentary narrated by the Mexican film star Gael García Bernal. Up to 40 per cent of those in Mexico's jails are, according to this, devotees of Santa Muerte, tattooing her emblem onto their flesh. Fifty bodies discovered after a mass shoot-out in Sinoloa, North Mexico last year bore tatoos, pendants and rings with the emblem of Santa Muerte.

This is a sign, claims the Mexican journalist and regular New Yorker contributor, Alma Guillermoprieto of the impact of Narco culture on modern Mexico "In the emptiness of meaning that you need to become a mass murderer, you look desperately for redemption and for meaning," she speculates. "You look for them in consumer goods, and you look for redemption in religion" she says.

Although described as "diabolical" by the Roman Catholic Church, Santa Muerte worship is steeped in Catholic custom. Rosaries are recited at her main shrine, set up in 2000 in Tépito, a rough district of Mexico City, and ordinary working class Catholics pray to her too. The confusion and the crossover is evident. Believers on the trailer pray an Our Father before ominously "summoning" the "presence" of Saint Death.

Death, various Mexican bishops have been at pains to stress, is a passage, a moment between life and death, rather than an entity deserving veneration and prayer. But her popularity is growing, especially in the violent regions at the heart of Mexico's drug wars. Thirty shrines were abruptly demolished last Thursday by the authorities in Nuevo Laredo, a city that borders Texas.

The Santa Muerte cult reflects "the tremendous fear of death in contemporary society" says the Bishop of Nuevo Laredo, the Right Rev Humberto Robles Cotas. “All of us, absolutely all of us need an interior sense of security, but people who have pushed God out of the picture will cling to anything to feel secure and are clinging to this cult to get that sense of security,” he declares. Catholics "ensnared" by Santa Muerte worship are confused, adds a spokesman for the Archbishop of Mexico, Cardinal Norberto River. They need (and the spokesman blames the Bishops) clearer teaching about their own faith.

The Santa Muertistas have their own bishop too: David Romo Guillén, who has called for a "Holy War" in response to the destruction of the Nuevo Laredo shrines. He wants Santa Muerte's followers to storm the Zócolo, the impressive main square of Mexico City, and the Basilica of that great Mexican Catholic icon Our Lady Guadalupe next Sunday in protest.

It won't be the first time Santa Muertistas have held mass demos in Mexico City. In 2005, they took to the streets shouting "We are not drug addicts or criminals," and "respect the right to religion" after the Government refused Santa Muertistas legal recognition as a church.

To the outsider, the cult of Santa Muerte may bewilder, but an intimacy with death abhorred by Anglo-Saxon cultures is ingrained in the Mexican psyche, according to Octavio Paz, the Nobel-prize winning Mexican writer. "The word death is not pronounced in New York, in Paris, in London, because it burns the lips" declared Paz in his prescient essay on Mexico, The Labyrinth of Solitude. He explained: "The Mexican by contrast is familiar with death, jokes about it, carresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his favourite toys and his most steadfast love."

Each November 2nd, on the Catholic feast of All Souls, when prayer is offered for the dead believed to be in purgatory, Mexicans celebrate "El día de los Muertos" the day of the dead. Traditionally, on this date, Mexicans file into the cemeteries setting up impromptu altars at the graves of their loved ones, laden with the favourite food of the deceased'. This, it is often said, reflects the uniqueness of Catholicism in Mexico, a faith imported by the Spanish, and grafted on top of existing indigenous beliefs. "

The cult of Santa Muerte is seen by some as a legacy of this syncretism: the Aztecs held month-long celebrations for death, immortalised in a God and Godess Mictlantecuhtli and his wife Mictecacíhuatl who reigned over a subterranean kingdom. According to hearsay (facts on Saint Death are few) the cult of Santa Muerte was revived in the 1970s after a farm worker in Vera Cruz claimed he had seen a vision of Saint Death in his hut, and the local priest, appalled, refused to bless it.

Gabriela Galinda, a writer with the online Mexican arts journal Réplica 21 believes Santa Muerte appeals to Mexicans involved in delinquent lifestyles, who have faith but who feel "unworthy" of the "official" God of the Vatican and thus create their own altars and saints: "This is how the image of Saint Death has become in recent decades a symbol and icon of those rejected by the power of the Church and of the State," she says


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the 2nd picture is a real skeleton?

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I thought that grim reaper was a god of some sort long time ago?

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looks scary... like cult

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hmmm.. the concept of asking for a wish and paying back later seems the same as Satan.. When u ask something from Satan he will grant u but nothing is free..

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scary....
I don't believe in free things,we have to eventually pay for it.So I will never indulge in cult.

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