Reflections on the First Academic Conference on Santa Muerte

Dr. Andrew Chestnut has a very important reflection on the recent – and inaugural – academic conference on Santa Muerte. I, too, hope to have more home-grown Mexican-American and Mexican religious perspectives from anthropology, religious studies, etc. The secular, economic, and sociological contributions are fair and clearly helpful, but not enough to understand the phenomenon of Santa Muerte. It takes a field that is willing to wrestle with the religious imagination.