snapshots of mexico, literal and figurative


Santa at Christmas
December 21, 2008, 9:33 am
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As I was walking down a bustling street in the Centro Historico with my mom yesterday, I saw a pair of religious statues, heavily decorated and with candles and offerings at their feet.  Facing us was a male saint–Joseph, perhaps?–and with its back to us was a female saint with long colorful robes.  Walking by the statue, we were in for a surprise:

Saint Death wishes you a happy holiday season

Santa Muerte wishes you a happy holiday season

Santa Muerte,  or  “Saint Death”, stood staring at us as her worshippers left fruit and other offerings and said their prayers before disappearing off into the crowd.  We actually passed two more statues (including the one in the picture) as we continued out walk in the old city.

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