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Marie Ozanne

Santa Muerte

Mexico 2007 > 2009

Santa Muerte is a representation of death that originates from pre-Columbian times. First venerated by drug dealers asking for protection, Santa Muerte has been the object of a cult that has recently considerably extended itself in Mexico. Demonized or despised by traditional Catholics that attribute it to delinquents or dropouts, this practice attracts nowadays whole families that welcome it among catholic figures. It is asked to make certain concessions that couldn’t be asked to the Virgin, in exchange for offerings of a few cigarettes, some money or tequila. Previously occult, the image of Santa Muerte is tolerated today by authorities, overtaken by the extent of the phenomenon.