Tired of Begging: Picturing Private Devotion to Santa Muerte | Salido Moulinié | Visual Ethnography
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Tired of Begging: Picturing Private Devotion to Santa Muerte

Rodrigo Salido Moulinié


Santa Muerte is a Mexican folk saint, canonized by no one—but a Saint still. She emerged as a popular figure in Mexico City at the beginning of the twenty-first century and became mainstream during the security crisis in Mexico that started in 2007. She rapidly became a patron for people living on the edges of a monstrous city: sexual workers, soldiers, policemen, smugglers, and uninsured cancer patients. Represented as a white female skeleton dressed in colorful fabrics, her image appears suddenly on street corners, shops, and homes. Tired of Begging portrays Santa Muerte devotees and their private altars.


Santa Muerte; folk saints; Mexico City; Zumpango; Niña Blanca; Tultitlán; popular religion; photo-ethnography; film

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12835/ve2023.2-132


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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Edizioni Museo Pasqualino
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
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Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Palermo con numero di registrazione 1/2023