Underworld SAINT

La Santa Muerte gains converts north of the border

Posted: March 16, 2013 at 4:22 a.m.

Statues of La Santa Muerte fill a shelf at the Masks y Mas art store in Albuquerque, N.M. Known as the underworld saint, La Santa Muerte is commonly associated with the violent drug trade in Mexico, but interest in the folk saint is spreading throughout the United States.

A follower in New Orleans built a public shrine in her honor. An actor in Albuquerque credits her with helping him land a role on the TV show Breaking Bad.

Arely Vazquez Gonzalez, a Mexican immigrant, has an altar to the underworld saint in her Queens, N.Y., apartment.

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Religion, Pages 12 on 03/16/2013