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Conclusion: Seven-Color 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/9780199764662.003.0008
Conclusion: Seven-Color Candle

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One of the main points of this book is that Santa Muerte is a multifaceted popular saint, composed of many different colors. It has examined the polychromatic saint in her full range of colors. This chapter now reconsiders the rainbow of colors that come together to form her powerful seven-color votive candle. Many devotees seek miracles on several fronts, especially in the socioeconomic context of extreme violence and financial hardship, and Santa Muerte of the seven powers (as the candle is also known) is the ultimate supernatural multitasker, who can act simultaneously on several different petitions. The demand for miracles on multiple fronts is reflected in the strong sales of this newest candle of the cult. It vies with the gold one for the top spot among the nontraditional colors (the traditional being red, white, and black).

Keywords: Santa Muerte; Saint Death; cults; devotees; votive candles; seven powers

Chapter.  4876 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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