Regnum Mortis

3 11 2008

Part III – A Brief Historical Survey of Skeleton Images in Catholic Cultures

In the first part of our series, I described to you my grand tour of the contemporary cult to “Holy Death” as it exists in the present day at least among Latinos here in California. In the second installment, I put forward some hypotheses as to why the cult to Santa Muerte has emerged in our day and age. In this essay, I hope to offer some historical precedents for this cult, and ask whether it emerges as a logical conclusion of some tendencies that came before it. Obviously, since my time is limited, I cannot go into as much detail as I would like, so I do not pretend to write a comprehensive survey here, but only a very rough sketch.
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