SANTA MUERTE (SAINT DEATH) is arguably one of the most interesting and enigmatic religious and magical icons to hit the Americas in recent memory.

Garbed as Mother Mary, but cast as a skeleton saint, this figure took the Americas by storm in the late 20th and early 21st century.

It is important to note that Santa Muerte is not a ‘Goddess of Death.’ Santa Muerte is a representation of Death itself—Death Herself.

Among Her devotees (whom are largely Mexican Catholics), She is often named ‘Santísima’—or, ‘Most Holy.’ Why can be explained in two-fold. (1) Devotees of Santa Muerte argue theologically that Jesus could not become the Christ if it was not for his inevitable passage into the realm of Death (Santa Muerte). (2) Among the Saint-magical working Catholics of Mexico, Santa Muerta is considered among many the MOST efficacious miracle-worker regarding real-world needs (over Mary, Michael, Anthony, all the other Saint and Angels.) Thus, it can be ironically argued that no Saint, nor Angel (in a majority candle-magic-focused religious tradition—No other Catholic icon holds a candle to the miracles available via Santa Muerte devotion. Continue reading “Santa Muerte: Love, Sex, Death, and Rebirth in Mexican Folk Religion, by Eliott Edge”