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Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint

R. Andrew Chesnut


This book offers a fascinating portrayal of Santa Muerte, a skeleton saint whose cult has attracted millions of devotees over the past decade. Although condemned by mainstream churches, this folk saint's supernatural powers appeal to millions of Latin Americans and immigrants in the U.S. Devotees believe the Bony Lady (as she is affectionately called) to be the fastest and most effective miracle worker, and as such, her statuettes and paraphernalia now outsell those of the Virgin of Guadalupe and Saint Judetwo other giants of Mexican religiosity. In particular, the book shows Santa Muerte has ... More

Keywords: Santa Muerte, saint, cult, supernatural powers, Latin Americans, immigrants, Bony Lady, statuettes, patron saint, drug traffickers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199764662
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Andrew Chesnut, author
Virginia Commonwealth University