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Devoted to DeathSanta Muerte, the Skeleton Saint$
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R. Andrew Chesnut

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199764662

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199764662.001.0001

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Gold Candle

Gold Candle

Prosperity and Abundance

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Devoted to Death

R. Andrew Chesnut

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the devotion to Santa Muerte's as a patron saint of prosperity and abundance. It describes how Saint Death not only brought prosperity to true believers but also to those who traffic in her merchandise and services, many of whom are not devotees themselves. It discusses the ritual practices associated with the golden candle; the various ways devotees sport the image of Saint Death' to proclaim their faith; and depictions of Saint Death in devotional literature, the Internet, television, and music.

Keywords:   Santa Muerte, Saint Death, devotees, prosperity, merchandise, devotion

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