The Santa Muerte, or “Saint Death,” is a rapidly growing folk devotion in Mexico and Latin America, marked by a skull adorned with various forms of decoration – including imagery traditionally associated with Catholic saints such as veils or hearts. The Santa Muerte is also associated with practices of witchcraft and prayers for specific favours, including retribution.
MEXICO CITY - A recent massacre of over two dozen prisoners in a central penitentiary in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, may have been part of a ritual of the Santa Muerte cult.
On July 6, in what was thought to be a quarrel between inmates or an attempted riot, 28 prisoners were murdered inside the Las Cruces jail in Acapulco. Some of the dead were beheaded.
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