By R. Andrew Chesnut
R. Andrew Chesnut bargains a desirable portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted thousands of devotees over the last decade. even supposing condemned via mainstream church buildings, this people saint's supernatural powers entice thousands of Latin american citizens and immigrants within the U.S. Devotees think the Bony girl (as she is affectionately known as) to be the quickest and ideal 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 exhibits Santa Muerte has turn into the shopper saint of drug traffickers, taking part in an incredible position as protector of peddlers of crystal meth and marijuana; DEA brokers and Mexican police frequently locate her altars within the secure homes of drug smugglers. but Saint dying performs different very important roles: she is a supernatural healer, love health professional, money-maker, attorney, and angel of dying. She has develop into definitely some of the most well known and strong saints on either the Mexican and American non secular landscapes.
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