La Santa Muerte is the fastest growing folk devotion in Mexico and is rapidly spreading to the United States. Despite its fearsome image, and bad press, it is only another (very) powerful figure to which Mexicans pray to deliver them from everyday hazards and untimely death. In that sense, it is quite similar to the more socially respectable worship of the national patron saint the Virgin of Guadalupe, or St. Jude (patron of impossible causes)—the two most widespread objects of devotion recognized by the Catholic Church.

In a nation where skulls, skeletons, and the dead are widely celebrated in its most popular festival (Day of the Dead), it comes as no surprise that Mexicans are not afraid to pray at altars featuring a human life-size skeleton ...

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