Chapter

Gold 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/9780199764662.003.0005
Gold Candle

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This chapter focuses on the devotion to Santa Muerte's as a patron saint of prosperity and abundance. It describes how Saint Death not only brought prosperity to true believers but also to those who traffic in her merchandise and services, many of whom are not devotees themselves. It discusses the ritual practices associated with the golden candle; the various ways devotees sport the image of Saint Death' to proclaim their faith; and depictions of Saint Death in devotional literature, the Internet, television, and music.

Keywords: Santa Muerte; Saint Death; devotees; prosperity; merchandise; devotion

Chapter.  8970 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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