La Santa Muerte

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Santa Muerte” o “Santísima Muerte” es una figura de culto mexicana, que recibe peticiones de amor, afectos, suerte, dinero y protección, así como también peticiones malintencionadas y de daño a terceros por parte de sus fieles. Sin embargo, diversas iglesias como la católica, bautista, presbiteriana, metodista, entre otras, rechazan y condenan su veneración, considerándola diabólica. Sus fieles en su mayoría son considerados delincuentes de varios tipos, como narcotraficantes, asaltantes y personas de estrato social paupérrimo que se dedican al comercio informal, ambulantaje o piratería.

Santa Muerte is a sacred figure venerated in Mexico, probably a syncretism between Mesoamerican and Catholic beliefs. The name literally translates to “Saint Death.”Mexican culture since the pre-Columbian era has maintained a certain reverence towards death, which can be seen in the widespread Mexican celebration of the syncretic Day of the Dead.Catholic elements of that celebration include the use of skeletons to remind people of their mortality.

Santa Muerte generally appears as a skeletal figure, clad in a long robe and carrying one or more objects, usually a scythe and a globe.

Don Teodoro, fundador de la capilla de la Santa Muerte en el municipio de Pedro Escobedo, previo a la festividad de la Santa Muerte en el marco de la fiesta de dia de Todos Santos y Dia de muertos en el Estado.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MAY 27: A figurine of Santa Muerte (Saint Death) seen in a temple in the historical center of Mexico City, Mexico, on May 27, 2011. The religious cult of Santa Muerte, a syncretic fusion of Aztec death worship rituals and Catholic beliefs, has rapidly expanded. In the past decades, original Santa Muerte's followers (such as prostitutes, pickpockets and drug traffickers) have merged with thousands of ordinary Mexican Catholics. Although the Catholic Church considers the cult as devil worshipping, on the first day of every month, crowds of Santa Muerte's devotees fill the streets of Tepito. Holding skeletal figurines, they pray for power healing, protection and make petitions to ?La Santísima Muerte?. (Photo by Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images)
In this Feb. 12, 2013 photo, an altar to La Sante Muerte run by Arely Vazquez Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant and transgender woman, is shown inside a Queens, NY apartment. La Santa Muerte, an underworld saint most recently associated with the violent drug trade in Mexico, now is spreading throughout the U.S. among a new group of followers ranging from immigrant small business owners to artists and gay activists. In addition to showing up at drug crime scenes, the once-underground icon has been spotted on passion candles in Richmond, Va. grocery stores. The folk saint's image can be seen inside New York City apartments, in Minneapolis religious shops and during art shows in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
OAXACA, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 2: A woman carries a skeletal figure representing the folk saint known in Mexico as "Santa Muerte" or " Death Saint" during a procession in Oaxaca, Mexico on November 2, 2012 . ( Photo by Claudio Cruz/LatinContent/Getty Images)