Texas Folklife Presents:
La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas
Texas is one of the epicenters of devotion to La Santa Muerte, a controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death. Through the perspectives of devotees, scholars, the media, and members of the clergy, La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas explores the rising presence of Santa Muerte in communities across Texas; from its controversial significance as a folk saint, to its condemnation by the Catholic Church, the impact it has on religious freedom and the place it holds among censored female deities.
R. Andrew Chesnut, PhD
Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, PhD
Priscilla Murr, PhD
Marisela Guevara, Curandera – Folk Healer
Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer, O.M.I. Bishop Emeritus
Produced by Texas Folklife Executive Producer: Charlie Lockwood Executive Producer: Cristina Balli Associate Producer: Eugenio del Bosque Camera: Deborah Esquenazi, Eugenio del Bosque Editing: Eugenio del Bosque Sound: Deborah Esquenazi, Charlie Lockwood, Eugenio del Bosque
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This program is supported in part by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department.