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This video report on Santa Muerte was broadcast by Australia’s SBS television on March 15, 2009. It was reported by David O’Shea.
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.
– Source: About the program, SBS, Mar. 15, 2009– Article continues after this advertisement –
A transcript is available.
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”
A transcript is available from the Library of Congress.