Is it a death cult for murderers and narco-trafficers? Is it Satan worship? As a relatively new and obscure religion, critics have called Santa Muerte many things. But it is the fastest growing religion in the Americas, with five million followers and counting. Santa Muerte speaks profoundly to those whose lives have been touched by violence and chaos. It has special appeal to those marginalized by the Catholic Church, including transsexuals, prostitutes, and drug traffickers.
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