Faith, Drugs and Human Sacrifice: A Mexican Folk Religion has Texas Police Worried

Faith, Drugs and Human Sacrifice: A Mexican Folk Religion has Texas Police Worried

A Mexican folk religion involving human sacrifice and cartel activity has crossed the border into Texas, and its growing popularity has law enforcement worried.

Authorities in Central Texas have warned the public about the rise of a religion devoted to La Santa Muerte, translated as “Saint Death,” or “Holy Death.” La Santa Muerte is a saint popular among members of La Familia and the Knights Templar drug cartels and other violent criminals. Adherents worship La Santa Muerte, depicted as a robed skeleton carrying a scythe in one hand and a globe or scales in the other, with various forms of sacrifice, ranging from fruit, bones, and burning candles, to the ritual murder and butchering of humans.

“For U.S. law enforcement agencies, the rise of a criminalized and dark variant of Santa Muerte worship holds many negative implications,” said Dr. Robert J. Bunker, PhD in an FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. “Of greatest concern, the inspired and ritualistic killings associated with this cult could cross the border and take place in the United States.”

Those killings have crossed the border, according to Bunker’s report. Four homicides related to worship of La Santa Muerte have been documented in the U.S. since 2006, three of which were confirmed as ritual sacrifice. Since the publication of Bunker’s report, other instances of ritual sacrifice related to drug cartel activity have occurred, like the sacrifice of a teen girl in Texas at the hands of MS13 members, according to Dallas News.

The religion of La Santa Muerte has existed for half a century in Mexico and is still developing, attracting adherents not only from violent criminal elements but also from among the impoverished and uneducated.

 

Read more from The Daily Caller here: http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/11/faith-drugs-and-human-sacrifice-a-mexican-folk-religion-has-texas-police-worried

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