Misconceptions About Santa Muerte: Most Holy Death is Public Enemy Number One to Journalists, Christians and Law Enforcement Agencies
Misconceptions About Santa Muerte: Most Holy Death is Public Enemy Number One
to Journalists, Christians and Law Enforcement Agencies
by Sophia diGregorio
Sophia diGregorio is the author of The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico
There are many misconceptions about Santa Muerte, who is one of numerous folk saints in Mexico.
Despite the goodness and rich beauty of the Mexican tradition of Santa Muerte, her long history and noble legends, critics within the conventional religious and government establishments have tried to besmirch her image and associate her and her devotees with Satanism, narcotics trafficking and heinous crimes. To the Catholic Church, she is Satanic and a heresy. They refer to her as an “illegitimate saint” or a “banned saint.”
In 2006, former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon, ordered her shrines to be destroyed by the Mexican Army and police departments and drug agencies in the U.S. have declared her a “narco-saint.” The FBI and other agencies of the U.S. government seem convinced that there is a connection between Santa Muerte and drug trafficking, although they seem to ignore the fact that the devotion to Santa Muerte is so common, and increasingly so, that trying to make such a connection is impossible. Nonetheless, they have endeavored to connect her devotees with the commission of a range of heinous crimes, including human sacrifice.
Recently, she was denounced by the Vatican culture minister on a tour of Mexico as “blasphemous.” The Catholic Church, which is engulfed in numerous scandals ranging from pedophilia to accusations of mafia connections inside the Vatican, is desperate to hold on to what remains of its influence in Mexico and elsewhere. They see Santa Muerte as a direct threat to their power and influence, although, many devotees of Santa Muerte are, at least, nominally Catholic.
Journalists have happily demonized Santa Muerte in sensationalized and often religiously biased “news” pieces, mostly at the expense of the facts.
The truth is that most devotees of Santa Muerte in the U.S and Mexico are not drug dealers, prostitutes or other types of criminals. Many are prosperous, upstanding members of their communities who practice their devotion in secrecy with home shrines. Many are highly spiritual people, who are natural healers of one kind or another.
Santa Muerte is a powerful spirit who succeeds when all else fails, therefore, it is often in the most desperate of times that devotees first turn to her. Many are people in need of comfort, healing, love, financial help, protection and justice in an unjust world.
As the authority of both church and state have crumbled, Santa Muerte’s following has grown ever larger. Devotion to Santa Muerte is not so much a matter of faith or belief, but a matter of experience. To know the power of Santa Muerte for yourself, you must forge a personal connection with her.
The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico was written especially with non-Catholic, non-Spanish speaking people in mind. The author attempts to make Santa Muerte accessible to English-speaking readers. You can find it at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo and other online outlets.
A nice article and review of the book may be found here: http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com/2013/02/santa-muerte-unoffical-saint-of-mexico.html