Green Candle

R. Andrew Chesnut

in Devoted to Death

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

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This chapter discusses Santa Muerte's role as a patron saint of law and justice. She is seen as a supernatural attorney who represents her devoted clients regardless of the crimes they may have committed. Unconcerned with their guilt or innocence, she seeks the best deal possible for her clients in a dysfunctional justice system fraught with corruption and incompetence. Given her reputation for expeditiousness and her strong association with matters of justice, Saint Death has become one of the most popular spiritual patrons of those seeking to advance their cause in court.

Keywords: Santa Muerte; Saint Death; law; justice; Mexican justice system

Chapter.  3147 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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