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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
    Elements of an altar to La Santa Muerte

    Our presentation at BookWoman inspired us to build a mini altar to the Santa Muerte as demonstration.  We got most of our information from Andrew Chesnut's book, "Devoted to Death," and from a documentary by Mexican filmmaker Eva Aridjis.  

    I Call Her 'La Flaca'

  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013

    La Santa Muerte ˆ Mexican Folk Saint Personifying Death


    A relatively new and controversial folk saint has emerged in the Americas ˆ La Santa Muerte (Saint Death or Most Holy Death,) a syncretic version of the European grim reaper influenced by Meso-American views on death and folk religion. Most media accounts of Santa Muerte focus on the faith practices of traffickers and murderers, but in reality her devotees include millions of people not involved in the drug trade. They see her as an efficient miracle worker and healer in their lives.