Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte, Spanish for Our Lady of the Holy Death or Santa Muerte, Holy Death, is a female deity, folk saint of Mexican folk religion, venerated primarily in Mexico and the Southwestern United States.
Our Lady of the Holy Death is a personification of death.
Unlike other saints who originated in Mexican folk religion, Santa Muerte is not, herself, seen as a dead human being.
Associated with healing, protection, financial wellbeing and assurance of a path to the afterlife.
Santa Muerte is a skeleton dressed in female clothes or a shroud, carrying both a scythe and a globe.
Santa Muerte is marked out as female not by her figure but by her attire and hair.
The two most common objects that Santa Muerte holds in her hands are a globe and a scythe.
The scythe can symbolize the cutting of negative energies or influences.
As a harvesting tool, a scythe may also symbolize hope and prosperity.
Her scythe reflects her origins as the Grim Reapress ("la Parca" of medieval Spain), and can represent the moment of death, when it is said to cut a silver thread.
The scythe has a long handle, indicating that it can reach anywhere.
The globe represents Death's vast power and dominion over the earth and may be seen as a kind of a tomb to which we all return.
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