A STRANGE cult that worships a Grim Reaper-like figure called Santa Muerte — Saint Death — is spreading northward from Mexico. It’s not well understood by most religious observers, and it’s beliefs and practices are morphing almost right before our eyes. It seems to have special appeal to the downtrodden, desperate — and drug lords.
Tony Kail has been researching religious cultures and spiritual folklore among magico-religious groups for over twenty years. He shares the research he collected for his new book, Santa Muerte: Mexico’s Mysterious Saint of Death. For more information on Tony and his research, visit www.muertebook.info.