George Sieg on
THE CULT OF
LA SANTISIMA MUERTE
Friday, 09/25/2015, 7 PM,
at Edge of the Circle Books
The Culto de Santa Muerte is probably the fastest growing religion in North America and likely the fastest-growing New Religious Movement in the world.
With over 10,000 devotees and rising, it is no surprise that Santa Muerte has inspired the fascination and attention of magicians well beyond the folk practitioners of Mexico. She is not only a death goddess, but expresses herself with all the diverse forms and colors of a magic goddess as well. Her worship crosses syncretism with reconstructionism, folk religion with folk magic, new religious movements with a presently developing magical paradigm, devotional worship with the ambitions of the Left-Hand Path.
Yet this diversity implies tension, and her movement already sees competition between church and cult, between magician and priest, folk Catholic and post-Chaoist. This lecture by Dr. George Sieg, University of New Mexico, is a sequel to his presentation last Spring at the Southwest Popular Culture Association annual conference on the Cult of Holy Death in Los Estados Unidos.
This lecture addresses these contentions of identity and orientation in her growing cult, comparing competing origin stories and contending frameworks for her veneration, with content sure to be of interest to scholarly, religious, and magical practitioners alike.
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