La Santa Meurte…. Holy Death

La Santa Meurte - Mexican folk saint of death

La Santa Meurte – Mexican folk saint of death

La Santa Muerte  (Spanish for Holy Death), is a female folk saint venerated primarily in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. She is a female personification of death, and is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife . She has emerged as a combination of Spanish Catholicism and the Aztec worship of Mictecacihuatl,  beloved queen of the underworld and the afterlife…. who was honoured at the end of July in a celebration to honour death and the ancestors. This holiday was moved in post-conquest times by the Spanish Priests to coincide with All Hallows Eve – 1st of November…. In Mexico this date is celebrated as Dia de los Muertos – The day of the Dead.

Before 2001, devotees of Santa Muerte  was clandestine with people worshiping Santa Meurta in private. In recent years her popularity has ascended. Though worship of La Santa Muerte has become inextricably intertwined with drug cartels, she has become a venerated deity for the working-class , the poor, outsiders and those who live on the edge. She is a popular deity in prisons, both among inmates and staff, and shrines dedicated to her can be found in many cells. Santa Muerte is also seen as a protector of homosexual, bisexual, and transgender communities in Mexico, since many are considered to be outcast from society. La Santa Muerte doesn’t demand exclusive devotion. Many followers also practice other religions, such as Catholicism.

  • Marigolds (Marys gold) are sacred to La Santa Meurte .

                 ” Santa Muerte , nos proteja . Santa Muerte ,nos oye                                     Santa Muerte , ven a nosotros.                                                         
                                Santa Muerte , esté con nosotros . “



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1 Response to La Santa Meurte…. Holy Death

  1. Sabiscuit says:

    This was a lovely veneration of La Santa Muerte. I studied Latin American literature as an undergraduate and the fascination with death was a highlight of my studies. It is certainly an interesting aspect of the culture. x

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