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

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Santa Muerte Statues
Date: 31 January 2009.
Source: Cult of Santa Muerte
Author Christine Zenino
Photo Lic.: Creative Commons 2.0; Wikimedia Comons

There are many misconceptions about Santa Muerte, who is one of numerous folk saints in Mexico. Santa Muerte, or Holy Death, is a spirit one can petition for protection, luck, good negotiations and love. She is not officially recognized by the catholic church who has declared her following a cult. There is reason to believe she is an spirit of Death known since ancient times in what is now modern 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 tried to connect her devotees with the commission of a range of heinous crimes, including human sacrifice.

She has been 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 happily demonize Santa Muerte and her devotees in sensationalized and often religiously biased “news” pieces.

The truth is that most devotees of Santa Muerte in the U.S  and Mexico are not drug dealers 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.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial (Santa Muerte Series) (Volume 1) by Sophia diGregorio

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, The Grimoire of Santa Muerte: Spells and Rituals of Most Holy Death, the Unofficial Saint of Mexico, may be found here: http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com/2013/02/santa-muerte-unoffical-saint-of-mexico.html

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2: Altars, Meditations, Divination and Witchcraft Rituals for Devotees of Most Holy Death Update: Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2: Altars, Meditations, Divination and Witchcraft Rituals for Devotees of Most Holy Death (Volume 2) was released in 2016.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 2 provides potentially life-transforming rituals and prayers to Santa Muerte. This book goes deeper into the modern devotion to Santa Muerte and the author shares more insights into Most Holy Death.

Grimoire of Santa Muerte, Vol. 3, which is about healing with Most Holy Death, is coming soon!

2 Responses to “Misconceptions About Santa Muerte: Most Holy Death is Public Enemy Number One to Journalists, Christians and Law Enforcement Agencies”

  1. Where can I order the Santa Muerte rosary with the book of
    rosary in english?

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