Mexico's Death Worshipers-- the Sect of Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte is a skeleton adorned in ornate robes and with a scythe. Many worshipers sees in her the face of a variety of Our Lady.
Santa Muerte is a skeleton adorned in ornate robes and with a scythe. Many worshipers sees in her the face of a variety of Our Lady.

Worshipers of the Grim Reaper

According to estimates, the Santa Muerte has about 2 million followers. These are people from all walks of life. Among the faithful find drug dealers, petty criminals, but also ordinary people who seek solace in The Reaper.

Mexicans honor Reaper Death came to worship the sacred in the first half of the twentieth century, in the poorest neighborhoods of Mexico. However, according to sources, this tradition was established in pre-Columbian times, when the natives lived in
Mexicans honor Reaper Death came to worship the sacred in the first half of the twentieth century, in the poorest neighborhoods of Mexico. However, according to sources, this tradition was established in pre-Columbian times, when the natives lived in
The Catholic Church considers the followers of the Holy Death, of course, as members of a sect. According to the Church, the cult of Santa Muerte refers to the pagan tradition and a denial of the doctrine of Christ, who conquered death.
The Catholic Church considers the followers of the Holy Death, of course, as members of a sect. According to the Church, the cult of Santa Muerte refers to the pagan tradition and a denial of the doctrine of Christ, who conquered death.

Worshipers of Holy Death, however, did not care about those allegations that they are a sect or heretics and earnestly beg The Reaper for a better life, money, or even for healing. People who believe in the awesome power of Santa Muerte , often attribute miracles, similar to those that occur in the Church, as coming from The Reaper.

Statues of the Holy Death, are also referred to as the Grim Reaper. Colors that make up the setting, have diverse symbolism. The colors: red, white, green and black; refer to love, happiness, financial success and security.

Various public places where you can find a statue of the Holy Death, are specially decorated. The shrines and sanctuaries, next to the statue are also candles, red roses, cigars and bottles of alcohol.
Various public places where you can find a statue of the Holy Death, are specially decorated. The shrines and sanctuaries, next to the statue are also candles, red roses, cigars and bottles of alcohol.
December is the month when most of the inhabitants of Mexico celebrates anniversary celebrations associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe. But Mexicans are not only Catholics. Several million people in this country worships the Holy Death.
December is the month when most of the inhabitants of Mexico celebrates anniversary celebrations associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe. But Mexicans are not only Catholics. Several million people in this country worships the Holy Death.
The most important feast of the Holy Death followers falls on August 15. On the same day Catholics celebrate celebration Assumption.
The most important feast of the Holy Death followers falls on August 15. On the same day Catholics celebrate celebration Assumption.

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backporchstories 4 years ago from Kentucky

I find it something to ponder on. The Day of the Dead celebration is about the day relatives, who have crossed, come to visit the living. A sacred day among us who still remain here....nothing to do with the Reaper, yet they look similar in alters. Interesting......


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very Interesting thank you.


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

Interesting topic. I think I first heard about Santa Muerte on the tv show Dexter. Thank you for the in-depth look at this sect.


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Buzzbee 4 years ago from The County of the Winkies in Oz Author

Backporch: thank you for your comment. I am fascinated by all the religions of the world and I am sure I need to learn more about this one that you mention.


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Buzzbee 4 years ago from The County of the Winkies in Oz Author

Eric: thanks for reading and you have a cool hat! :)


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Buzzbee 4 years ago from The County of the Winkies in Oz Author

Skeety: I have not seen that episode, but I will surely look for it now that you have reminded us of it!

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