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The cult of Santa Muerte : the domestication of sanctity

by Seto-Templeton, Rachel M.

Abstract

Santa Muerte is a contradictory, transgressive, immoral saint that is venerated and beloved by millions. Her cult following has mushroomed over the course of the past decade or so. She is unsanctioned by the Catholic Church as well as by the Mexican government. What causes people who claim to be practicing Catholics to continue to venerate her despite the official condemnation of her cult, and what is the cause of her immense popularity? I seek to interpret the cult of Santa Muerte through Georges Bataille’s Theory of Religion. In Bataille’s Theory of Religion, he explains how people are searching for lost intimacy with the sacred. By “the sacred,” he is referring to a state of consciousness in which humans experience a continuity in which they do not distinguish themselves as separate from everything else. People are only able to obtain momentary states of continuous consciousness through sacrifice, ritual, and subverting morality. Although Bataille wrote a complex and fascinating theory of religion, he does not test his theory on any specific real-life religious phenomenon. Through interpreting the cult of Santa Muerte using Bataille’s Theory of Religion, I seek to test his theory on a real-life religious phenomenon in order to explore the utility and limitations of his transgressive theory of religion.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:9834
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
38 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Weddle, David
Department/Program
Religion
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
B.A.
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2014-03