Santa Muerte The history, rituals, and magic of Our Lady of the Holy Death

Tracey Rollin, 1981-

Book - 2017

"This is a complete ritual guide to working with Santa Muerte, the Mexican folk saint"--

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Newburyport, MA : Weiser Books 2017.
Physical Description
xv, 235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (page 237).
Main Author
Tracey Rollin, 1981- (author)
  • Introducing Santa Muerte, the skeletal Lady of Mexico
  • The Aztec roots of Santa Muerte
  • The sainthood of death
  • Death's feminine ways
  • The seven colors of Santa Muerte
  • Preparing your ritual space and tools
  • The rosary of Santa Muerte
  • The novena of Santa Muerte
  • Niña Blanca, sweet sister Death
  • Niña Violeta, the Royal Queen
  • Niña Dorada, Lucky Lady Death
  • Niña Roja, the Queen of Passion
  • Niña Verde, the Just Judge
  • Niña Negra, the Mother of Tears
  • A few last words.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

This is a comprehensive and well-researched guide to the Mexican folk saint Santa Muerte, the "female personification of death... associated with protection and safe passage to the afterlife." Rollin begins by citing the beliefs and practices of religions and cultures across the world that may have influenced or been influenced by Santa Muerte. In particular, she addresses the qualities, powers, and influences of Santa Muerte and discusses many "spells," or prayers, that allegedly help to heal relationships, cure illnesses, bring good luck, and increase sexual pleasure, among other things. Rollin also explores the Aztec origins and other "parent religions" from which the veneration of Santa Muerte arose, as well as the factors that may contribute to the unofficial folk saint's growing popularity in current times, which she attributes to a mix of folk status and subversive appeal. While the book focuses specifically on one saint, Rollin's understanding of a variety of religions grounds the book in a broad and inclusive understanding of the world's many mystical beliefs. At times, the work can be so straightforward that it takes on a textbook quality, but the wealth of information contained here will appeal to those seeking a studied and historical understanding of Santa Muerte. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"This is a complete ritual guide to working with Santa Muerte, the Mexican folk saint"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Santa Muerte is a complete ritual guide to working with this famous and beloved Mexican folk saint.Death welcomes everyone. This is the foundation for the veneration of Santa Muerte, or "Holy Death." Considered to be the female personification of death, she is associated with protection and safe passage to the afterlife. She is also the patron saint of people who live on the fringes of society and often face violence and death. In recent years her constituency has expanded to include the LGBT community and people who are marginalized or whose jobs put them at significant risk of death such as military and police personnel. Santa Muerte is hailed as their potent and powerful protector, capable of delivering them from harm and even granting miracles.Santa Muerte is a complete ritual guide to working with this famous--and infamous!--Mexican folk saint. It takes us beyond the sensational headlines to reveal the truth about why Santa Muerte is so beloved by so many. Author Tracey Rollin presents simple, straightforward methods for working with Holy Death that may be used alone or easily incorporated into your own magical practice.