Santa Muerte and the rise of "narco saints"
The patron saints of the underworld
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Mexico, like most Latin American countries, is deeply rooted in Catholicism. But the country also has a strong pagan tradition that dates back thousands of years. In a country plagued by considerable social issues, poverty, crime, and religion can be a dangerous mix, especially when drug cartels believe their saints make it okay to commit atrocious acts, and even protect them! But these "narco saints," as they are known, are also worshiped by regular, law-abiding citizens—and the cult is growing. So, what's going on, after all?
Click through this gallery and delve into the world of Santa Muerte and other narco saints.
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