Come to me, or else! Santa Muerte, the Love Sorceress, An Illustrated Lecture with Andrew Chesnut
Date: Monday, May 30th
Location: Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 third Avenue, 11215 Brooklyn
While Santa Muerte, the Mexican saint of death, usually appears as a fierce narco-saint in mass media, TV and film, her oldest and most popular roles is that of love sorceress, mending, binding and even breaking Mexican and American hearts. The skeleton saint's number one selling votive candle is the crimson one for petitions of love and passion. And the oldest known Santa Muerte prayer is one for women who believe their man is cheating on them. "Bring him to me humbly surrendered at my feet, and come now because I'm calling you and dominating you! You will not know peace until you return to my side. In the same way that I stick this needle the candle, I want thoughts of me to pierce your heart so that you forget about the woman you're seeing and come back to me" Join Dr. Chesnut in exploring the Bony Lady's fascinating role as Love Sorceress.
Dr. Andrew Chesnut is Professor of Religious Studies and holds the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a leading expert on
Mexican folk saint, Santa Muerte and religion in Latin America. His latest book, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint (OUP, 2012) http://www.amazon.com/Devoted-Death-Santa-Muerte-Skeleton/dp/0199764654/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457547740&sr=8-1&keywords=andrew+chesnut is the only study of the skeleton saint in English . It has been translated into both Spanish and Polish. His previous two books examined the Pentecostal boom in Brazil and religious competition throughout Latin America. He lectures at universities and institutes throughout the Americas and Europe, serves as a media commentator on religion, and is a featured blogger for Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/r-andrew-chesnut/ Professor Chesnut is currently working on the new edition of Devoted to Death.
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