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The Mexican people worshipping the Saint of Death

This video report on Santa Muerte was broadcast by Australia’s SBS television on March 15, 2009. It was reported by David O’Shea.

Dateline revisits ‘Saint Death’, a documentary that SBS (Australia) aired on 15/03/2009. David O’Shea examines a thriving cult in Mexico City, the cult of Santa Muerte, literally “Saint Death”, worshipped by poor people and the criminal underworld.

David O’Shea examines a thriving cult in Mexico City, the cult of Santa Muerte, literally “Saint Death”, worshipped by poor people and the criminal underworld.

Shunned by the Catholic church, thousands of people flock to a small shrine in the city to pay their respects.

The cult derives from an age old Aztec tradition that saw death as a key part of life’s journey.

Saint Death clearly has broad appeal …criminals., prostitutes, gamblers and and others leave offerings of tequila, marijuana and cigarettes.

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– Source: About the program, SBS, Mar. 15, 2009

Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint – By Andrew Chesnut

Dr. R. Andrew Chesnut, an internationally recognized expert on Latin American religious history, has spent many years researching Santa Muerte and the cult that surrounds this bony saint.

In this video he discusses his book “Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

(2012) Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.
[Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/webcast-5515/.

A transcript is available from the Library of Congress.

What about Santa Muerte is so alluring to millions?

Andrew Chesnut, a religious studies professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), discusses the “fastest-growing new religious movement in the entire Western world,” with millions of followers. Interview with KENS 5, San Antonio

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