Chuy Malverde, la Flaquita, y San Juditas

4 05 2010

Finally found the recent article in National Geographic on the the relationship between the “new saints” and the escalating drug violence in Mexico. It is by Mexican journalist, Alma Guillermoprieto. I wrote about a presentation that she gave last year at U.C. Berkeley concerning the same topic, which was informative but a little simplistic in terms of the origins of the “new cults”. Fortunately, her most recent article is a bit more balanced, with fascinating field work done around Mexico City. She also focuses on the increasingly important role of St. Jude in the Mexican religious consciousness as the patron of hopeless causes. I recommend the article highly.

And now, for a random narco-corrido: