Santa Muerte is held on November 1. Folk Catholicism, Mexico and Southwestern United States. This event in the first decade of the month November is annual. Help us
Santa Muerte is a personification of death. Unlike other saints who originated in Mexican folk Catholicism, Santa Muerte is not, herself, seen as a dead human being. She is associated with healing, protection, financial wellbeing, and assurance of a path to the afterlife.
Santa Muerte's first documented appearance as a venerated figure in Mexico came in a 1797 Inquisition report on idolatrous practices by indigenous worshipers. Michalik writes that, by the time of his article's publication in 2011, the image of Santa Muerte could be found all over Mexico.
What does Santa Muerte like? Water - they say that "La Parca" is always parched and thirsty, so fresh water is crucial to keeping her happy at her altar. Sweets - as a good Mexican, Santa Muerte also loves Coca Cola and other soft drinks, plus candy of all types. An apple is a frequent offering. Cash - always a popular offering.
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