Bishops in the United States are denouncing the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte – a figure Roman Catholic leaders in Mexico routinely have attacked for the deity’s connection to violence and the illicit drug trade.

. . . Clad in a black nun’s robe and holding a scythe in one hand, Santa Muerte appeals to people seeking all manner of otherworldly help: from fending off wrongdoing and carrying out vengeance to stopping lovers from cheating and landing better jobs. Others seek her protection for their drug shipments and to ward off law enforcement.


Invoking a “dark goddess” may have global appeal. The veneration of Santa Muerte seems similar to the worship of Kali by the criminal and assassin Thuggees of colonial India. The drug trade movie The Counselor also seems to make references to a “dark goddess.” See Animals - Cloud 29

Will leftists here also attack the drug trade "saint" or will they defend this icon in the name of multiculturalism? Are attacks on Santa Muerte an example of cultural imperialism?