Devoted to Death Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

ISBN-10: 0199764654

ISBN-13: 9780199764655

Edition: 2011

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R. Andrew Chesnut offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees over the past decade. Although condemned by mainstream churches, this folk saint's supernatural powers appeal to millions of Latin Americans and immigrants in the U.S. Devotees believe the Bony Lady (as she is affectionately called) to be the fastest and most effective miracle worker, and as such, her statuettes and paraphernalia now outsell those of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Saint Jude, two other giants of Mexican religiosity. In particular, Chesnut shows Santa Muerte has become the patron saint of drug traffickers, playing an important role as protector of peddlers of crystal meth and marijuana; DEA agents and Mexican police often find her altars in the safe houses of drug smugglers. Yet Saint Death plays other important roles: she is a supernatural healer, love doctor, money-maker, lawyer, and angel of death. She has become without doubt one of the most popular and powerful saints on both the Mexican and American religious landscapes.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Blue Candle: Insight and Concentration
Brown Candle: History and Origins of the Cult
White Candle: Beliefs and Practices
Black Candle: Protection and Harm
Red Candle: Love and Passion
Gold Candle: Prosperity and Abundance
Purple Candle: Healing
Green Candle: Law and Justice
Conclusion: Seven-Color Candle: Multiple Miracles
Notes
References
Index
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