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La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas

September 24, 2017

On Thursday, October 5th, Texas Folk Life presented La Santa Muerte: a Folk Saint in Texas, a new documentary film screening featuring an interview with Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, other scholars, and practitioners. Following the film, there was a panel discussion with Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Dr. Andrew Chesnut, and the filmmakers. The event ended with a booksigning and a chance to meet the speakers. 

"Texas is one of the epicenters of devotion to La Santa Muerte, a controversial Mexican folk saint who personifies death. Through the perspectives of devotees, scholars, the media, and members of the clergy, La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas explores the rising presence of Santa Muerte in communities across Texas; from its controversial significance as a folk saint, to its condemnation by the Catholic Church, the impact it has on religious freedom and the place it holds among censored female deities." -Texas Folk Life 








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