Today is All Saints’ Day. Here is an excerpt from the All Saints’ and Souls’ issue:
Across Mexico, on November 1st, people celebrate the folk saint of Santa Muerte, Our Lady of Holy Death. She is associated with people who work dangerous jobs at night, like taxi drivers, police, and sex workers, and they invoke her protection against violence. Santa Muerte (Holy Death), also called The Bony Lady (La Huesuda), The Skinny Lady (La Flaquita), The Pretty Girl (La Niña Bonita), The White Girl (La Niña Blanca) and Lady of Shadows (Señora de las Sombras) was once only venerated in private, as the Catholic Church associated her with the occult. Now she is a patron saint for the LGBT community, marginalized people, and young people– especially young women. In exchange for favors and wishes granted, Santa Muerte is offered cigarettes, stuffed animals, flowers, incense, alcohol, coins, candy, and candles.