A Saint for Lost Souls.
"The barrio of Tepito, where it's said that everything is for sale except dignity, has been one of Mexico City's roughest neighborhoods since Aztec times. Famous for its black market and its boxing champions, Tepito
is a place where residents learn to fight early and fight hard. These days it has also become the epicenter of Mexico's fastest-growing faith
: Santa Muerte
, or Holy Death
, a hybrid religion
that merges Catholic symbolism with pre-Hispanic worship of the skeletal Mictlantecuhtli
, Lord and Lady of the Dead."
The Axis of Upheaval:
A special report on the coming age of instability.