Red Candle

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199764662
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932535 | DOI:
Red Candle

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This chapter considers the skeleton saint's roles as love doctor and bounty hunter of wayward men. It is here that her gender identity is most interesting, as in this she mostly attends to the desires and afflictions of female devotees. The ritual practices associated with the crimson candle are discussed.

Keywords: Santa Muerte; Saint Death; cults; skeleton saint; female devotees; love; crimson candle; rituals; gender identity

Chapter.  4308 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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