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#1 Ghostly Machines

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 10:27 PM

Santa Muerte: The rise of Mexico’s death 'saint'
 
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With readings, hymns and communion, Daniel Santana's Sunday service could pass for a traditional Catholic Mass, if it were not for the cloaked skeletons and skulls that surround him.
 
The ceremony takes place at a modest temple to Santa Muerte, the Mexican folk saint of death, in a rundown area of Guadalajara, the nation's second biggest city.
 
Despite a reputation as a death cult for criminals and drug traffickers, Santa Muerte has surged in popularity and taken on an increasingly prominent and polemic role in the Day of the Dead festivities held every 1 and 2 November.
 
Also known as the Bony Lady, the followers of Santa Muerte say her appeal lies in her non-judgemental nature and her supposed ability to grant wishes in return for pledges or offerings.
 
 
 
It isn't the Vatican's habit to give its opinion on every passing cult that flashes across the horizon, but the Santa Muerte is special.
 
That's because, ghastly as the figure may seem, and weird as the Holy Death cult beliefs may sound, its leaders borrow greedily from traditional church ritual for their own services.
 
In Mexico, the practice of Catholicism among the poor and desperate often involved crawling long distances on one's knees or tying thorny cactus paddles to one's bare back or making promises of future penance if God's favors were received.
 
Although these sacrifices were not sanctioned by the Catholic Church in Rome, they continued among people who knew of no other imaginable way to change their luck.
 
It makes sense, then, that when the cult of the Santa Muerte sprang up among Mexicans who are still poor, still desperate in different ways and for different reasons, worship would take on familiar forms.
 
At the Santa Muerte's most famous shrine in downtown Mexico City, traditional rosaries are said and young men crawl on their knees for blocks, cradling the holy skeleton in their arms. Instead of lighting incense, they exhale smoke from marijuana cigarettes for the Muerte to inhale.
 
Even worse—from the point of view of the Catholic Church—many of the pilgrims who gather around shrines to the saint of death still see themselves as devout Catholics.
 
Some self-appointed "priests," claiming to be leaders of a cult that has no hierarchies or structure, have even tried to insist that their temples are part of the official church.
 
For the Vatican, this month's declaration constituted a delicate balancing act.
 
On the one hand, the cult is un-Catholic, extravagant, and sometimes horrifying. The arrest last year of eight people charged with murdering two children and a woman in the course of Holy Death worship served to confirm that the Niña Blanca (White Girl), as she is sometimes known, can be invoked in dreadful ways.
 
On the other hand, churches are losing their flocks at alarming rates, even in predominantly Catholic Mexico, and it may be that Rome is anxious not to alienate millions of practicing believers who might worship a different kind of saint on the side.
 
 

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 10:57 PM

Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint



Mentions the economic output of the paraphernalia sold.

Local news outlets along the border broadcast sensationalist news reports

Los Angeles has two temples devoted to her.

Home alters are common among the devotees. Most ask common prayers as to a patron saint.

But, its a perfect icon of worship for deep criminal elements such as MS13


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 11:09 PM

In Texas it's probable cause for search and seizure.
 
 
Although the Catholic church officially opposes them, the folk saints of Latin America are enormously important to the lives of hundreds of thousands of their followers. Criminals, from cartels to thieves and more, have also adopted the practice of praying to entities like Santa Muerte for forgiveness, protection and aid. But why?

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 11:49 PM

Mictecaciahuatl is today's Santa Muerte,
The Holy Death
 
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Her role in the underworld was to watch over the bones of the dead. Mictlantecuhtli was a primary god to the Aztecs, ever-present in all rituals involvingdescent into the underworld. Clay statues have been found, at the opening of the Great Temple of Tenochtitlan. His consort, Lady Death was associated with Spiders, Owls, and Bats and together theyresided in a temple of darkness, a place without windows or doors. There they stood, mirror opposites of their gods of life, Ometecuhtli and Omecihuatl
 
In Mexico, Santa Muerte has been linked to Satanism by the Catholic Churchin an attempt to thwart followers. Catholics and Protestants have joined forcesin warning people of the 'Black Magic' and trickery of the devil. The Churchis often horrified by the skeletons, reapersand evolution of Our Lady of Guadelupe.Folk practice does involve mysticism andmagic, but so do most world religions butthe language is systematically 'holy'. Whatthe church calls Miracles, folk practice callsMagic. All religion is mystical and allreligion has some form of magic andtrickery. Whether those elements are goodor evil, light or dark; depends on personal interpretation and practicalapplication.The organization of information regarding Santa Muerte, her rituals, prayers, and dedications is chaotic.There is no centralized location a person may obtain information. There are a multitude of websites,ebooks, print material and referrals to mailing addresses but nearly all of them finger point to the'scammers' while scamming themselves. Like any new 'religion' it preys on the weak and their pocket books. None-the-less, I've managed to collect some worthy articles, books, prayers, a collective of symbolism, and practical application. It takes time and dedication, as you have to weed out the nonsense,and having a translating program is down-right handy. I put together this essay for any person who wishesto learn about Santa Muerte, regardless if they choose to devote to her. Devotion is not required to achievewisdom, and wisdom is achieved through self-education, examination and application.
 

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:01 AM

Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint



Mentions the economic output of the paraphernalia sold.

Local news outlets along the border broadcast sensationalist news reports

Los Angeles has two temples devoted to her.

Home alters are common among the devotees. Most ask common prayers as to a patron saint.

But, its a perfect icon of worship for deep criminal elements such as MS13

 

R. Andrew Chesnut discusses his book "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.
 
He does state an increase in its violent development. Death rates will increase for those involved in the drug industry in Mexico. It tends to be unorganized and informal in appearance. Women are strong devotees...
 
Candle color meanings:
 
green - law and justice 
red - love and passion
black - nefarious deeds
 
Number one reason: a love magic goddess...

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 12:14 AM

there's all kinds of crossbreeding and influences coming in for this particular 'saint'
 
origins from Spain could be the female grim reaper. la parca.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 01:13 AM

There is no official day of devotion dedicated to her. 
 
But All Souls Day seems to serve well enough.

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Posted 14 October 2018 - 05:41 PM

 

there's all kinds of crossbreeding and influences coming in for this particular 'saint'
 
origins from Spain could be the female grim reaper. la parca.

 

 

it's a spirit coalescing into the hearts of men and women. another image of an old mystique brought together to muddle the soul.


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Posted 20 October 2018 - 04:45 PM

it's a spirit coalescing into the hearts of men and women. another image of an old mystique brought together to muddle the soul.

 

those who use it as a control mechanism are the dangerous ones...

playing with peoples beliefs is never a good idea.


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