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Introduction: Blue Candle

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764662
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932535 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.003.0000
Introduction: Blue Candle

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This introductory chapter begins with the story behind this book's author's decision to study Santa Muerte. Specifically, the chapter attempts to explain why in only ten years devotion to Santa Muerte has transformed from an occult practice, unknown to most Mexicans, to a burgeoning public cult that counts millions of devotees in Mexico and the United States among its followers. The chapter then briefly introduces Santa Muerte to those who have not encountered her before. It offers a profile of the devotees of Saint Death to shed light on her tremendous popularity. It also discusses Santa Muerte's special appeal to assailants and others who live on the margins of Mexican and American law.

Keywords: Santa Muerte; Saint Death; saints; cults; Mexicans; devotees; criminals

Chapter.  7637 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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