By R. Andrew Chesnut
R. Andrew Chesnut bargains a desirable portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted thousands of devotees during the last decade. even supposing condemned by way of mainstream church buildings, this folks saint's supernatural powers entice thousands of Latin american citizens and immigrants within the U.S. Devotees think the Bony woman (as she is affectionately known as) to be the quickest and top-rated 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 turn into the consumer saint of drug traffickers, enjoying an incredible 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 dying performs different very important roles: she is a supernatural healer, love healthcare professional, money-maker, legal professional, and angel of dying. She has turn into definitely essentially the most well known and strong saints on either the Mexican and American spiritual landscapes.
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