Rites dedicated to Santa Muerte are predicated on Catholic ones, including processions and prayers with the aim of gaining a favor. Many believers in Santa Muerte are self-professed Catholics, who invoke the name of God, Christ, and the Virgin in their petitions to Santa Muerte. Altars contain an image of Santa Muerte, generally surrounded by any or all of the following: cigarettes; flowers; fruit; incense; water; alcoholic beverages; coins; candies; and candles. According to popular belief, Santa Muerte is very powerful and is reputed to grant many favors. These images, like those of Catholic saints, are treated as holy and can give favors in return for the faith of the believer, with miracles playing a vital role. In many ways, Santa Muerte acts like Catholic saints. As Señora de la Noche ("Lady of the Night"), she is often invoked by those exposed to the dangers of working at night, such as taxi drivers, mariachi players, bar owners, police, soldiers, and prostitutes. As such, devotees believe she can protect against assaults, accidents, gun violence, and all types of violent death.
Wow. So that's what Tuco's cousins were worshipping
. I thought it was just a Death Cult. Somehow this makes it all even more icky. Did they work under the delusion that they were good Catholics?
Oh, by the way, I'm reading a book called "Honour, a History". It would appear that the honour of a saint and the honour of a knight were in stark
opposition. The former being about resignation, patience, charity, restraint, while the other was, roughly speaking, about kicking the asses of whoever stood in your way, conquering, taking, massive amounts of pride and wrath, and the list goes on. I wonder how orders such as the Templars and the Hospitaliers reconciled these differences in ethics. Or how knights could believe that their place was not in Hell.