La Santa Muerte
Denounced by the Catholic Church, La Santa Muerte (“Saint Death”) has become one of the fastest growing religious movements in The Americas, with an estimated 12 million followers in Mexico, Central America and the southwest of the United States. One of the most famous shrines to the Santa Muerte was started in Mexico City’s Tepito barrio by Enriqueta Romero, known to most as Doña Queta. On the first day of every month, thousands of devotees bring their own adorned statues of the saint and pray to her for healing, work, protection and love. Doña Queta seeks to offer a space where the devotees, many of whom live on the margins of society, feel strengthened by faith and a sense of community.