Saint Death Collection
Muerte is the Mexican interpretation of our own beloved Angel of Death.She
is a deity or saint-like figure worshiped and venerated in Mexico,
a syncretism between Mesoamerican and Catholic beliefs. The name literally
translates to Saint Death. Mexican culture since pre-Hispanic
times has always maintained a certain reverence towards Death, which
can be seen in the widespread Mexican celebration of the Day of the
Santa Muerte generally appears as a skeletal figure, clad in a long
robe and carrying one or more objects, usually a scythe and a globe.
As the worship of this deity was clandestine until recently, most
prayers and other rites were done privately in the home. However,
for the past ten years or so, worship has become more public, especially
in Mexico City. The number of believers in the deity has grown over
the past ten to twenty years, to approximately two million followers
in Mexico and has crossed the border into Mexican communities in the
Mesoamerica had always maintained a certain reverence towards Death,
which manifested itself among the religious practices of ancient Mexico,
including in the religion of the Aztecs. Death became personified
in Aztec and other cultures in the form of humans with half their
flesh missing, symbolizing the duality of life and death. The Aztecs
inherited from their ancestors the gods Mictlantecuhtli and Mictecacihuatl,
the Lord and Lady of Mictlan, the realm of the dead. In order for
the deceased to be accepted into Mictlan, offerings to the Lord and
Lady were necessary. Many of the offerings given then are the same
as those offered to Santa Muerte today.
As of 2009 devotion to Santa Muerte has been on the rise in the United
States for the past ten years or so, mostly following the thousands
of Mexicans who have immigrated to the country. Evidence of devotion
to her can be seen anywhere there is a large Mexican community, such
as New York City, Houston, Tucson and Los Angeles. There are fifteen
officially registered religious groups dedicated to her in Los Angeles
alone, which includes the Temple of Santa Muerte. Many are true believers,
but a number identify with the image for cultural heritage reasons.
For this reason, young people, housewives and grandmothers now purchase
the icon and speak publicly about their faith. As in Mexico, the Catholic
Church in the United States is trying to combat the worship of the
deity, especially in Chicago. But compared to the Catholic Church
in Mexico, the reaction in the U.S. is mostly either non-existent
Santa Muerte Pendants
Santa Muerte Pendant encased behind a round, domed glass cabochon (hence the light shadow when I scanned it). It is finished in a light bronze metallic and measures a little over an Inch round, and comes on a matching chain. Only a LIMITED number of these are AVAILABLE.
Order Santa Muerte Pendant,
domestic for $15 (includes shipping)
Order Santa Muerte Pendant,
overseas for $20 (includes shipping)
of Death Statues
are very, very unique and beautiful hand painted and limited edition
items. Hand-crafted in Mexico by "Rick", replete with charms
and Milagros imbedded into the base and the underside of the statue.
Available in either black or bone, they stand 16" tall and are
quite impressive! We do not know how long we are able to obtain these,
so if you want one, now is the time before they're all gone! Click
on the images for a close-up view.
More Items will be coming soon! Check back frequently!