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Investigating 'La Santa Muerte' (growing trend in Mexico)
Channel 7-4 News ^ | , October 31, 2008

Posted on 11/23/2008 1:20:49 PM PST by Clintonfatigued

Praying to "La Santa Muerte" is a growing and controversial practice along the U.S./Mexico border.

Worshippers hope "Holy Death" will bring them love, luck and peace.

Although the Catholic Church has condemned the worship of "La Santa Muerte", many people insist on praying to this figure for miracles.

An investigation by Texas television station KGBT-TV began in Ciudad Victoria, Mexico -- the capital and heart of the State of Tamaulipas.

On any given day, Ciudad Victoria residents enjoy the city's main square plaza with live music, someone shinning shoes, clowns entertaining and food stands offering a variety of quick meals.

The city's Roman Catholic Cathedral right in front of the square.

And only a block from the church, is "El Mercado", or The Market, where Action 4 News found numerous artifacts of "Santa Muerte" or "Holy Death."

That's where KGBT met Claudia Lopez, a faithful follower of Santa Muerte.

"Many people believe in Santa Muerte," Lopez said.

She said the folk saint responded to her prayers after someone recommended it to help her solve a personal problem.

"I made an offering to Santa Muerte and it worked," she said. "I'm not sure if it was a coincedence or a miracle, but my desires were fullfilled."

The devotion to "La Santa Muerte" has grown steadily in Mexico over the last decade.

But market shop owners tell us the popularity has increased over the last five years.

"Followers ask for money, protection from harm, to attract a person, health and help in legal problems," said a market shop owner who didn't want to be identified.

Shop owners do a brisk business selling images of "La Santa Muerte" in all sizes, and wearing tunics of all colors, candles, books, figures, healing potions, and amulets.

(Excerpt) Read more at tv7-4.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Mexico
KEYWORDS: apostasy; endofdays; santamuerte

1 posted on 11/23/2008 1:20:49 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

Praying to “Holy Death”? “Holy Shit(te)!”


2 posted on 11/23/2008 1:21:46 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: SwinneySwitch; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; ExTexasRedhead; AuntB; fieldmarshaldj; Arizona Carolyn; ...

This is a growing problem. A number of criminals, particularly those in the drug trade, are getting involved with this idol, which actually traces its roots to an ancient Aztec diety. Most ominous of all, it’s finding its way into the United States.


3 posted on 11/23/2008 1:23:25 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Haven’t you heard? Diversity is strength.


4 posted on 11/23/2008 1:24:18 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Clintonfatigued

Let me break new ground:

Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock, Holy Death

Holy Death beats Spock and Lizard, eventually. Loses to rock and scissors, as an idol can be harmed by both. Ties paper, because nothing is for certain expect Holy Taxes and Holy Death.


5 posted on 11/23/2008 1:27:25 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: Clintonfatigued
On any given day, Ciudad Victoria residents enjoy the city's main square plaza with live music, someone shinning shoes, clowns entertaining and food stands offering a variety of quick meals.

Doesn't anyone proofread anymore?

6 posted on 11/23/2008 1:27:37 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Clintonfatigued
A number of criminals, particularly those in the drug trade, are getting involved with this idol, which actually traces its roots to an ancient Aztec diety.

OH! You mean there is another diety besides Obama to contend with?

7 posted on 11/23/2008 1:29:16 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Tagline on vacation during the grand experiment.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

In rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock, Holy Death, Holy Death is signified by a limp wrist with the hand hanging loose.


8 posted on 11/23/2008 1:30:04 PM PST by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart..)
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To: Clintonfatigued

It’s just multiculturalism - we need to keep up.


9 posted on 11/23/2008 1:36:21 PM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: Menehune56

Sounds a bit like a slightly-Catholicized, Aztecian version of the Hindu Kali.


10 posted on 11/23/2008 1:45:50 PM PST by flowerplough (Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. -O, Jan '08)
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To: Clintonfatigued

If you think superstition is bad in the state of Tamale Lips, you should see it down in Chips and Salsa (Chiapas and Tabasco).


11 posted on 11/23/2008 1:53:01 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Popular in Quahog, too.


12 posted on 11/23/2008 1:57:11 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Free Brightside!)
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To: nickcarraway

This new “faith” (and I use the term very loosely) is catching on big with Meixco’s criminal elements.


13 posted on 11/23/2008 2:08:50 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Lizavetta

What. have you never gotten a shoe shin before?


14 posted on 11/23/2008 2:10:33 PM PST by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Although the Catholic Church has condemned the worship of "La Santa Muerte", many people insist on praying to this figure for miracles.

I thought mexicans were so religious and God-fearing that we were supposed to welcome them as our replacements. Seems to me they are vulnerable to cultism instead.

15 posted on 11/23/2008 2:17:08 PM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Aztec death worship making a comeback. Who would have guessed?


16 posted on 11/23/2008 2:34:42 PM PST by Centurion2000 (To protect and defend ... against all enemies, foreign and domestic .... by any means necessary.)
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To: Centurion2000; NYer
All kinds of bizarre worship is making a comeback: Baal, Moloch... Hey, let's kill our kid! Yeah, that's the ticket for a life of fulfillment and happiness!
17 posted on 11/23/2008 3:33:52 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: Larry Lucido

All our times have come.
Here, but now there; gone.
Seasons don't fear the Reaper.
Nor do the wind, the sun or the rain.
We can be like they are.
[Come on baby]
Don't fear the Reaper.
[baby take my hand]
Don't fear the Reaper.
[ we'll be able to fly]
Don't fear the Reaper.
[baby I'm your man]

18 posted on 11/23/2008 3:39:06 PM PST by Salamander (Welcome to Obamageddon! The best apocalypse foreign money can buy!)
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To: Frank Sheed

“Hey, let’s kill our kid! Yeah, that’s the ticket for a life of fulfillment and happiness!”

We’ve already got abortion for that....:-\


19 posted on 11/23/2008 3:40:07 PM PST by Salamander (Welcome to Obamageddon! The best apocalypse foreign money can buy!)
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To: Salamander

I didn’t expect to find a Blue Oyster Cult fan on FR. But I’m glad you’re here- clever posting.


20 posted on 11/23/2008 4:12:27 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: MathDoc

When it comes to matters of faith, I’m far more worried about this trend (it’s in the U.S. now) than what Obama believes or how he worships.


21 posted on 11/23/2008 4:13:42 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
“This is a growing problem. A number of criminals, particularly those in the drug trade, are getting involved with this idol, which actually traces its roots to an ancient Aztec diety. Most ominous of all, it’s finding its way into the United States.”

Our local sheriffs have found Saint Muerte & Virgin of Guadalupe paraphernalia in the pot camps of illegal aliens in your national parks and forests. A lot of candles...nice little fire starters.

22 posted on 11/23/2008 5:42:23 PM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925)
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To: Salamander

Thus the allusion to both Baal and Moloch, gods of infant human sacrifice that were adopted by the Israelites. God sent them into captivity in Babylon as a result.


23 posted on 11/23/2008 6:25:31 PM PST by Frank Sheed (Fr. V. R. Capodanno, Lt, USN, Catholic Chaplain. 3rd/5th, 1st Marine Div., FMF. MOH, posthumously.)
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To: BlueStateBlues
Worshippers hope "Holy Death" will bring them love, luck and peace.

It will. The love of death, luck of certain doom, and peace of the grave.

24 posted on 11/23/2008 6:28:45 PM PST by theJoker
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To: Clintonfatigued

LOL!

Ask anybody...I’m utterly *obnoxious* with my multi-decade devotion and will *somehow* manage to work a “cowbell” reference or BOC lyrics into the most utterly innapropriate conversations any way I can....;-D


25 posted on 11/23/2008 6:30:33 PM PST by Salamander (Welcome to Obamageddon! The best apocalypse foreign money can buy!)
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To: Clintonfatigued; stan_sipple; time4good; Guenevere; mugsaway; CSM; calcowgirl; RightSideNews; ...

Ping!

If you want on, or off this S. Texas/Mexico ping list, please FReepMail me.


26 posted on 11/23/2008 6:31:01 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (ObamaNation - beyond your expectations.)
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To: BlueStateBlues
Holy Death beats Spock and Lizard,

BS


27 posted on 11/23/2008 6:32:50 PM PST by theJoker
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To: Frank Sheed

For these guys?
I think mere “captivity” will seem like a better option than what they currently face.


28 posted on 11/23/2008 6:35:03 PM PST by Salamander (Welcome to Obamageddon! The best apocalypse foreign money can buy!)
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To: BlueStateBlues

I guess Holy Taxes is when the IRS high priesthood makes an offering to the Obammesiah with your money?


29 posted on 11/23/2008 6:49:14 PM PST by ovrtaxt (It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it. ~Henry Allen)
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To: Salamander

It’s a start, but it needs more cowbell!


30 posted on 11/23/2008 7:35:43 PM PST by Tennessee_Bob (They're illegal aliens, not immigrants - there is a difference!)
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To: AuntB

Is this country being invaded by Mexican illegal aliens or Aztec illegal aliens? I would say we are being invaded by Aztec and Mayan illegal aliens with a few Hispanics thrown in too


31 posted on 11/24/2008 2:01:36 AM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam! ::::: Never bet on a false prophet!)
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