Santa Muerte Altar

Shrine in Mexico City

Often garbed in a sequined white gown, wearing a dark wig and clutching a scythe in her bony hand, the Saint Death figure bears an eerie resemblance to Mrs Bates from the film Psycho. The Santa Muerte is the object of a fast-growing cult in Mexico, particularly in Tepito, where many of her followers have lost faith in Catholicism. Enter the notoriously dangerous Tepito 'hood at your own risk; the once-safe rosary service is no longer held following a shooting in 2016. It’s three blocks north of metro Tepito.

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