By R. Andrew Chesnut
R. Andrew Chesnut deals a desirable portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted hundreds of thousands of devotees during the last decade. even though condemned by means of mainstream church buildings, this folks saint's supernatural powers attract hundreds of thousands of Latin americans and immigrants within the U.S. Devotees think the Bony woman (as she is affectionately referred to as) to be the quickest and optimal miracle employee, and as such, her statuettes and paraphernalia now outsell these of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Saint Jude, different giants of Mexican religiosity. particularly, Chesnut indicates Santa Muerte has develop into the consumer saint of drug traffickers, taking part in a tremendous function as protector of peddlers of crystal meth and marijuana; DEA brokers and Mexican police usually locate her altars within the secure homes of drug smugglers. but Saint demise performs different vital roles: she is a supernatural healer, love medical professional, money-maker, attorney, and angel of demise. She has turn into definitely some of the most renowned and strong saints on either the Mexican and American non secular landscapes.
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