Aug 8, 2015

Meet New York City's Devotees to the Cult of the Holy Death

Village Voice
Ana M. Rodriguez
August 7, 2015

de los Muertos is not the only fiesta celebrating the death. On the second Saturday of each August, hundreds of devotees to Santa Muerte or Holy Death, a feminine skeleton figure dressed as a saint, get together in Jamaica, Queens to venerate what group organizer Arely Gonzalez calls her "bony lady."

Although this Mexican folk saint is not approved by the Catholic church, it has grown in popularity in New York City where many devotees have found in her love and acceptance.

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