My Mexican guides here, Paco an artist and Gaby a Masters teacher are both firm believers. Altars are sprinkled throughout the Centro Historico with fresh offerings of flowers, cigarettes, apples and water. Figures of Santa Muerte adorn the altars dressed in symbolic coloured robes and holding either the globe or the scythe....
All the accessories for the Santa Muerte altars can be bought at the nearby Sonora Market, a veritable labyrinth which has whole sections devoted to Santa Muerte, Cuban Santeria, witchcraft, and then the more mundane. You can buy Santa Muerte perfumes, lotions, soaps, and candles as well as the figurines, rosaries, and all kinds of images of Death......There is also a church in the Centro Historico where Santa Muerte and the Angel of Death can be worshipped. Further altars and churches have been established in the very rough neighbourhood of Tepito. Needless to say the Catholic Church has denounced this as a Satanist Cult, but in Mexico right now, it is a fast growing phenomenon..
The major ceremonies occur at the altars and churches on the first day of the month, but obviously the biggest day in the calendar coincides with "el dia de los muertos" on All Souls Day November 2nd.
The cult of Death is highly visible in Mexican culture and society; something which is often very shocking and taboo for us outsiders. For more windows on the world check out the other My World Tuesday postings by clicking here.