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Santa Muerte (Mexican deity)


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    • us: Death the Protector (Mexican deity)
    • us: Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte (Mexican deity)
    • us: Saint Death (Mexican deity)
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      • found: Fierce feminine divinities of Eurasia and Latin America, 2015: ECIP introduction (ECIP introduction (Santa Muerte, Death the Protector, Latin American unofficial saint who, similar to Pombagira, is related to liminality, scarcity, and conflict. Worship of Santa Muerte started to be widespread in Mexico City about twenty years ago, especially in the marginal neighborhoods of Tepito and Morelos, but later extended to surrounding areas and countries, from Central America in the south to the United States in the north.)
      • found: Santa Muerte : Mexico's devotion to the saint of death, January 7, 2012, on Huffington Post www homepage, viewed July 6, 2015 (Saint Death (Santa Muerte) is a skeletal folk saint whose cult has proliferated on both sides of the border over the past decade. The Grim Reapress (she's a female figure) has rapidly become one of the most popular and powerful saints on both the Mexican and American religious landscapes. Although condemned as satanic by both Catholic and Protestant churches, she appeals to millions of Mexicans and Latin American immigrants in the U.S. on the basis of her reputedly awesome supernatural powers.)
      • found: LC database, July 6, 2015: (Chesnut, R.A. Devoted to death : Santa Muerte, the skeleton saint, 2012)
      • found: Wikipedia, viewed July 6, 2015 (Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte or, colloquially, Santa Muerte (Spanish for Holy Death), is a female folk saint venerated primarily in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. A personification of death, she is associated with healing, protection, and safe delivery to the afterlife by her devotees. Despite opposition by the Catholic Church, her cult arose from popular Mexican folk belief, a syncretism between indigenous Mesoamerican and Spanish Catholic beliefs and practices.)
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      • 2015-07-23: new
      • 2015-07-29: revised
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