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The Saint Death Collection

Santa 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 Dead.

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 United States.

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 or muted.

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.

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Angel of Death Statues

These 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.

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