Purple Candle

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death

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

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This chapter discusses Santa Muerte's role as healer. Drawing on both European and Mexican cultural antecedents in which death possesses awesome curing powers and tapping into the well-established tradition of saints (both canonized and folk) who heal through faith, Santa Muerte in just a decade has become one of the greatest healers on the Mexican religious landscape. But judging by the small number of purple votive candles at her altars and shrines, one would surmise that miracles of restored health do not figure as an important part of the cult.

Keywords: Santa Muerte; Saint Death; devotees; healers; healing; Mexico; religious devotion; cults

Chapter.  4398 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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