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Why Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde Are Not Just “Narco Saints”

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I can’t count the number of references I’ve seen over the past 15 or so years to Santa Muerte being a “narco saint,” with the implication (or even the straight-up assertion) that she’s a saint for drug dealers, boom, like that’s the whole picture. This kind of statement is incredibly reductionist and oversimplified. It ignores nuance, never mind facts, and it betrays a lack of respect for the (sub)culture(s) from which she springs and a total lack of concern for understanding folk religion – in Mexico or in general. Seriously, it’s insulting and dismissive even if you *are* a drug...

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Quick Little Catholic Iconography Lesson

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Ok, the Pinterest Pedant strikes again. Mary does not have a Sacred Heart. Mary has an Immaculate Heart. This is the Immaculate Heart of Mary: sword, flames, roses. No thorns. This is the Sacred Heart. Only Jesus has a Sacred Heart. Thorns, not roses. Pierced, but with a spear, not a sword. Flames but note the cross in the midst of them. Occasionally the Sacred Heart will be pierced by an arrow instead. This has to do with an idea that we wound Christ with blasphemy and profaning the Sabbath. The Golden Arrow Prayer said in reparation is said to...

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New at website

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Started a page listing out all my formulas by name. Who knows how long it will take me to get everything posted and pretty, but at least folks wondering about such and such formula can get an idea about whether I even make it or not. Still no individual listings on every bath crystal, but you can get at least one option in most categories now, and you can get a full selection of bath crystals in the categories Money & Luck or Love & Lust. And finally got a few candles listed, including some of my not-always-quite-reverent designs for vigil candles with vintage and...

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Elizabeth Cotten and "Freight Train"

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If you're a Southerner and/or a fan of American folk music, you've probably heard the song "Freight Train" before. Freight train, freight train, run so fastFreight train, freight train, run so fastPlease don't tell what train I'm onThey won't know what route I'm going Yet you still might not know the name Elizabeth Cotten, and that would be a damn shame. Elizabeth Nevill Cotten was born in 1893 in North Carolina into a musical family. She was playing her brother's banjo by the age of 7. She had to drop out of school at age 9 to work, and by...

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St. Martha, from Gospel Figure to Medieval Legend to La Dominadora: Sources, Resources, and FAQs

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St. Martha, from Gospel Figure to Medieval Legend to La Dominadora: Sources, Resources, and FAQs

St. Martha is the patron saint of servers, cooks, domestic workers, housewives, and those in the hospitality industry - those who are behind the scenes making important things go even when nobody notices.

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