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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    La Santa Muerte: from Mexico, underworld saint making cross-cultural inroads in U.S.

    Underworld saint becoming more popular in US
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A follower in New Orleans built a public shrine in her honor. An actor in Albuquerque credits her with helping him land a role on the TV show "Breaking Bad." She turns up routinely along the U.S.-Mexico border at safe houses, and is sighted on dashboards of cars used to smuggle methamphetamine through the southwest desert.

    Popular in Mexico, and sometimes linked to the illicit drug trade, the skeleton saint known as La Santa Muerte in recent years has found a robust and diverse following north of the border: immigrant small business owners, artists, gay activists and the poor, among others — many of them non-Latinos and not all involved with organized religion.
    "Her growth in the United States has been extraordinary," said Andrew Chesnut, author of "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint" and the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. "Because you can ask her for anything, she has mass appeal and is now gaining a diverse group of followers throughout the country. She's the ultimate multi-tasker."
    much more - thorough AP article - at the link

  2. #2
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    Jun 2011
    It seems this underground saint is not based on an actual person’s life, but death itself. Interesting.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2010
    Fascinating! You always post the most interesting articles, wfgodot.
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2012
    Thanks for this! I've read a few things online about La Santa Muerte and I think it's always interesting to know.

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