Master of Arts (MA)
Latin American Studies (Arts and Sciences)
Date of Defense
First Committee Member
B. Christine Arce
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Elvira Maria Restrepo
The mass media have recently brought to public light the new religious movement of Santa Muerte, or “Holy Death”. The depictions of Santa Muerte in news coverage, television and film have also swayed public perception through highly exoticized representations of the belief system, particularly in relation to violence and criminality. Separating sensationalization in the media from the actual practices of Santa Muerte serves to demonstrate that many devotees are non-violent practitioners. By using an ethnographic study of botanícas and documenting Santa Muerte related objects available to practitioners, this study nuances the multilayered components of this emergent religion.
Santa Muerte; Holy Death; botanícas
Rubi, Armando III, "Santa Muerte: A Transnational Spiritual Movement of the Marginalized" (2014). Open Access Theses. 534.