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Santisima Muerte

To: alt.lucky.w
From: catherine yronwode 
Subject: Santisima Muerte
Date: Mon, 03 Jun 2002 04:15:22 GMT

Eoghan Ballard wrote:
> "Santisima"? so this figure is female? I didnt realise that.. 
> interesting!
> It isn't. The term is a product of Spanish grammar.

Well, that may be, but in Austin Texas, down at Cantu's Herbaria, they
sure told me that La Santisima Muerte is a SHE and told me the long
story of how she keeps men faithful to their wives and will kill men who
violate the sanctity of marriage if called upon to do so, because her
husband was unfaithful to her and she hates all unfaithful men.  The
shop owner, Mrs. Cantu, even took me in a corner, away from my husband
and taught me how you perfom a seven-knot spell for La Santisima Muerte
-- it's about the same as the hoodoo nine knot spell for a Nation Sack,
but you keep the knotted string around her statue, for safe-keeping. And
after that, she gave me a Santisima Muerte holy medal as a gift and
told me with smiling eyes to not let my husband see it. And down in San
Jose, California, at Dos Aguas [sp?] Botanica, she's a SHE and women
perform a novena to her to keep men faithful. And in Sebastopol,
California, at the Flea Market, where i first encountered her image on a
novena booklet, which cost $9.00, i asked the old woman selling it, in
my broken ugly Spanish: "La Santisima Meurte -- la razon por la que?
[gesture of praying hands] Por que ... oracion? -- and she replied,

So... well, Eoghan, that's how it is in these parts. This may be a
Mexican belief, and thus not found in Cuba. I consider the stories of
her death and subsequent connection to the living to be similar in some
ways to stories of La Llorona, the weeping woman who mourns for her
children, and who is a popular figure along the Texas, Arizona, and
California border.

By the way, Lucky, i picked up a little Santisima Muerte plastic figure
for you if you want it. There's no markup, cause you're a friend, so
just call and ask for the price (a few bucks) and i'll send it right to

cat yronwode 

Hoodoo in Theory and Practice --

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