Will Santa Muerte Spark a New Moral Panic?

Joseph Laycock, scholar and author of "Vampires Today: The Truth about Modern Vampirism," examines media coverage of the killing of two boys and one woman over the span of four years in Mexico, allegedly the work of Santa Muerte cultists. Laycock's Religion Dispatches piece argues that "these murders will likely have lasting consequences for alternative religion in North America," that they are a "Manson moment" that will have potentially harmful reverberations in the years to come."It … [Read more...]

Updates: Phoenix Goddess Temple, Santa Muerte, New Apostolic Reformation

Phoenix Goddess Temple members. Photo by Jamie Peachey.

I have some updates on recent stories covered here at The Wild Hunt.Phoenix Goddess Temple Arrests: Since my report on Thursday, this story has hit the national and international newswires. It is now revealed that charges include prostitution, pandering, and conspiracy. Most reports I've read seem pretty confident that this was nothing but a brothel with a veneer of spirituality painted on as a legal smokescreen. I've never seen so many scare quotes being used in a mainstream newswire report … [Read more...]

Illegal Immigration, Santa Muerte, and Religious Fear-Mongering

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Last year I warned that intensifying polarization over the issue of illegal immigration was leading to the demonization of Santeria and related syncretic faiths practiced by immigrants. Since then things have only gotten worse, especially in Arizona where a series of draconian laws, including one tailored to eliminate public school classes that are seen as too Mexican-focused, have deepened divisions. It didn't have to be this way, many prominent conservatives, including George W. Bush, Orrin H … [Read more...]


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