Tag Archives: Santa Muerte

Mexican church seizes on St. Jude to counter Santa Muerte cult

GUADALAJARA, MEXICO — A few days after a group of armed men kidnapped her 27-year-old son, María set up a shrine to St. Jude Thaddeus at her home in Guadalajara, western Mexico. “I keep photos, candles and holy water at the … Continue reading

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How a skeleton folk saint of death took off with Mexican transgender women

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Betzy Ballesteros, a 26-year-old transgender sex worker, keeps a shrine to Santa Muerte, the skeleton folk saint, in her home. Surrounding the statue are candles, candy and the grainy photos of several friends who were murdered and … Continue reading

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Santa Muerte and transgender sex workers in Mexico

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A beginner’s guide to Mexican folk saints

“Anyone who has visited a Mexican botánica, or spiritual store, can confirm that the country doesn’t lack for saints or spiritual iconography. A wide variety of religious statues are typically on offer, along with an eclectic array of potions, herbs … Continue reading

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The magician’s Mexico part one: a whistle-stop tour of witchcraft in Guadalajara

A denial from the doctor The village of San Martin de las Flores huddles behind a series of clambering hills. Although linked to Guadalajara by a twisting, rocky road, the geographical remoteness of the community gives it a distinct cultural … Continue reading

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