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« Topic Start: September 08, 2007, 08:39:01 pm »

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/death-drops-scythe-adopts-softer-look/2007/08/13/1186857383958.html

A small religious group that worships the grim reaper and is fighting for government recognition unveiled a softer image of their Death Saint today: a woman with a porcelain face, brown, shoulder-length hair and long thin fingers.
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Santa Muerte, which some believe to be rooted in pre-Colombian beliefs, is one of several unofficial folk saints worshipped in Mexico. Death is commonly honoured as a part of life in Mexican culture - such as during November's Day of the Dead celebrations - and does not have the same morbid stigma as in other societies.



I didn't know death was seen as a sainted being in Mexico. I learned something today! Grin
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« Reply #1: September 08, 2007, 10:06:13 pm »

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/death-drops-scythe-adopts-softer-look/2007/08/13/1186857383958.html

A small religious group that worships the grim reaper and is fighting for government recognition unveiled a softer image of their Death Saint today: a woman with a porcelain face, brown, shoulder-length hair and long thin fingers.
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Santa Muerte, which some believe to be rooted in pre-Colombian beliefs, is one of several unofficial folk saints worshipped in Mexico. Death is commonly honoured as a part of life in Mexican culture - such as during November's Day of the Dead celebrations - and does not have the same morbid stigma as in other societies.

I didn't know death was seen as a sainted being in Mexico. I learned something today! Grin

I don't know, maybe it was growing up in So. California, but I got pretty used to the skeletons of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I think they are kind of cute.

But the new saint? Well, I hope she doesn't strike me down, but I think they could have given her a better look, she deserves something better...she looks a little B movie Vampire-ish to me.
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« Reply #2: September 08, 2007, 10:40:50 pm »

I don't know, maybe it was growing up in So. California, but I got pretty used to the skeletons of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), I think they are kind of cute.

Dia De Los Muertos was an unofficial major holiday in San Antonio.
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« Reply #3: September 08, 2007, 10:43:25 pm »

Dia De Los Muertos was an unofficial major holiday in San Antonio.

dia de los muertos is *huge here in the SF Bay Area. I teach a whole unit around it at Samhain.
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« Reply #4: September 08, 2007, 11:01:20 pm »

Dia De Los Muertos was an unofficial major holiday in San Antonio.

dia de los muertos is *huge here in the SF Bay Area. I teach a whole unit around it at Samhain.

Anybody got a good sugar skull recipe?
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« Reply #5: September 09, 2007, 09:54:49 am »

Anybody got a good sugar skull recipe?

we make rice krispie skulls and marzipan skulls.

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« Reply #6: September 09, 2007, 10:00:50 am »

we make rice krispie skulls and marzipan skulls.

recipes in CIrcle ROund.

I have tried the Rice Krispies, never thought of using marzipan - thanks!  I asked because the traditional meringue powder is hard to find.
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« Reply #7: September 09, 2007, 11:05:38 am »

we make rice krispie skulls and marzipan skulls.

recipes in CIrcle ROund.

I just saw this yesterday, I am looking forward to trying it with the little kids. Traditional sugar skulls are really too hard to make with preschoolers.
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« Reply #8: September 09, 2007, 12:31:32 pm »

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/death-drops-scythe-adopts-softer-look/2007/08/13/1186857383958.html

I didn't know death was seen as a sainted being in Mexico. I learned something today! Grin

I have been checking more into Santa Muerte and she is a pretty cool saint. She has got a bad rep these days as drug lords have seized upon her as their patron saint.

But she is the one to protect you when you feel the holy saints will not.  If you are stealing because you don't have enough to eat, she will watch over you (Mary or Jesus might not feel the same way about that). She would watch over a woman going in for an abortion or a prostitute going to work.

She likes cigarettes, tequila and roses as offerings. What a woman!

I particullarly like the custom of carrying a small skeleton hand in yours so you will feel like she is holding your hand along the way.

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« Reply #9: September 09, 2007, 02:15:04 pm »

I have been checking more into Santa Muerte and she is a pretty cool saint. She has got a bad rep these days as drug lords have seized upon her as their patron saint.

But she is the one to protect you when you feel the holy saints will not.  If you are stealing because you don't have enough to eat, she will watch over you (Mary or Jesus might not feel the same way about that). She would watch over a woman going in for an abortion or a prostitute going to work.

Yeah, I found that article a bit odd, because it was my understanding that it was this association with illegal/immoral activities that gave Santa Muerte's cult a bad reputation, not black magic.

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« Reply #10: September 09, 2007, 03:04:58 pm »

Anybody got a good sugar skull recipe?

I got my molds/recipe here: www.mexicansugarskull.com

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« Reply #11: September 09, 2007, 08:42:49 pm »

Yeah, I found that article a bit odd, because it was my understanding that it was this association with illegal/immoral activities that gave Santa Muerte's cult a bad reputation, not black magic.

-- Joshua

Yep, that was my understanding too.  The Catholic Church doesn't like her being chosen over Mary so much.   Also, when it came to border partols, it was sometimes guilt by association. If you had a likeness of her, then you were concidered to be a drug runner. Kind of like assuming every Muslim is a terrorist.


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Thanks! I have some molds but they are kind of warped, guess they should not have gone in the dishwasher, I could use some new ones.
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