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Santa Muerte -- Mexican Saint of Holy Death

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Santa Muerte (“Holy Death”) is a folk saint whose cult is centered primarily in Mexico and the southwestern United States.

She is an anthropomorphic representation of death, typically in the form of a skeletal Grim Reaper figure wielding a scythe and carrying a globe. A long hooded robe conceals most of her body. Her devotees pray to her for protection and healing. She is also the patroness of martial fidelity.

Santa Muerte’s feast days are 01 November (All Souls’ Day) and 15 August (shared with the Feast of the Assumption of Mary).

Origins of Santa Muerte

santa muerte Like many Hispanic folk saints, she is the result of a syncretism between the native folk religions of what is now Mexico and the arrival of the Spanish Catholics with their European-style worship.

Meso-american culture had always maintained a high reverence toward death as being both a natural part of the cycle of life and the universal equaler. The religious beliefs of the Meso-Americans reflected this reverence for death.

Despite the Spanish conquest, these beliefs were not eradicated but rather fused with the newer Catholic worship. The worship of Santa Muerte remained clandestine until the early 20th century. Since that time, she has become one of the most popular saints in Mexico, even rivaling Our Lady of Guadalupe in popular worship.

Attributes of Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte novena

Say a novena to her, and she will hear your prayer:

Blessed Saint Muerte, she who overcomes all obstacles, intercede for me. Clear the path to my desires. Allow no enemy to harm me on my journey. Help me to overcome all impediments so my house may be filled with your blessings. In your name and the Name of the Divine. Amen.

This novena should be repeated for nine consecutive days. Publish in your local newspaper once your prayer is answered.

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