Texas Folklife presents La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas
Texas Folklife will present a screening of the documentary short film, La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and Andrew Chesnut PhD, leading religious studies scholar and author of the first monograph on the subject, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint. Chesnut, the foremost expert on Santa Muerte, will discuss his research and involvement with the Texas Folklife film.
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.