La Santa Muerte Hide Description Show Thumbnails Hide Thumbnails Show Description Hide Description Offerings such as cigarettes, cigars and sweets, money and marijuana are placed in the hand of a Santa Muerte statue in the chapel or 'sanctuary' for La Santa Muerte in Bravo Street, Morelos district, Mexico City. Believers pray to La Santa Muerte at the 'sanctuary' dedicated to her in Calle Bravo, Morelos district. The place is run by David Romo who calls himself Archbishop of the Mexican-US Catholic Apostolic Traditional Church. A young man brings his Santa Muerte statue and a rose to pay his respects at the altar at Alfareria Street, Tepito. Followers of La Santa Muerte march from Gabriel Hernandez market in the north of Mexico City towards Tepito on a pilgrimage that has taken place on the first day of each year since 2001. A womans leaves a lit candle for La Santa Muerte at the Alfareria Altar, Tepito, Mexico City. A man blows cigar smoke as an offering to La Santa Muerte during the monthly rosary at the Alfareria altar in Tepito, Mexico City. Thousands of follwers attend this ceremony every month. Followers of La Santa Muerte march from Gabriel Hernandez market in the north of Mexico City towards Tepito on a pilgrimage that has taken place on the first day of each year since 2001. Upon arriving in Tepito, marchers shouted 'Si se pudo!' (we did it!) A woman is accompanied by her family as she approaches the altar to La Santa Muerte in Alfareria St, Tepito, on her knees. Many worshippers come from the train station, around a kilometre away, on their knees as an act of repentance and respect. Two followers of the Santa Muerte cult at a rosary in Gabriel Hernandez Market, Mexico City on the 1st of January 2007. A tattooed man at the Alfareria altar to La Santa Muerte, Tepito, Mexico City. He was praying to her for forgiveness. A man with his own statue of La Santa Muerte before a rosary at the Alfareria altar, Tepito, Mexico City. A family joins hundreds of people at Gabriel Hernandez market in Mexico City where a rosary for La Santa Muerte is being held before a march or 'pilgrimage' through the city that ends in the Alfaferia Altar in Tepito, 1st Jan 2007. An altar to La Santa Muerte in Colonia 20 de Noviembre, Mexico City. This is a high-crime part of the city. A young family attends a rosary for La Santa Muerte before the annual pilgrimage from Gabriel Hernandez market to Tepito on the first of January 2007. Emanuel, a young boy dressed in the robes of a priest, blesses those attending a 'mass' at the chapel or 'sanctuary' for La Santa Muerte in Bravo Street, Morelos district, Mexico City. Emanuel has not been ordained. A woman approaches the altar to La Santa Muerte in Alfareria Street, Tepito on her knees. In tears, she said she was not worthy of La Santa's love. Believers pay their respects to La Santa Muerte before a rosary at the Alfareria Street altar, Tepito, Mexico City. A mural near Garibaldi metro station in Mexico City shows a Santa Muerte figure with a scythe and automatic weapon. She is shown here in a negative light, carrying a bottle of alcohol and encouraging violence. This is a high crime part of the city that does contain many Santa Muerte followers and some local people said the cult was a bad influence. Next to La Santa is written 'war zone'. La Santa Muerte is a misunderstood religious cult that emerged in Mexico in the 1960s and has expanded as the long and murderous ‘drug war’ has escalated.