Mexico's narco-mausoleums make being dead look pretty swanky


Some of the guidelines I have read per posting stories seem to suggest if one can tie it into religion or the Catholic faith.

Do you find these Mausoleums a reflection on the Catholic faith? Obviously, the influence is there but how does one relate to it?

Mexico’s narco-mausoleums make being dead look pretty swanky
The hulking, sometimes multi-story graveyard behemoths look more like luxury condos than like places to bury the dead.

All of the pictures that are captioned indicate these sites are in Sinaloa; the state where the drug trade goes way back and legend even has it, that there are Shrines, roadside shrines in fact, built to Sainta to protect Narco-Traffickers (Patron Saints?). Or maybe it is all something in addition to the Catholic Faith.

Need we remember, Mexico also is unique in their celebration of the day of dead. Perhaps some other areas of Latin American celebrate it as well.


More like a perversion of the Catholic faith: proudly living a life of violent crime and expecting to be celebrated after death. But in spite of these monuments to their pride and the suffering they caused, even they are not beyond the reach of mercy.


Some of these buildings and other structures are rather fine, to think, they probably hire top architects to build these, then, building and grounds keeping creates more jobs. But the drug kingpins are not the only ones with obscene amounts of money, it goes from government corruption to oil and so on.

Some of these beliefs are probably “hybrid” as well, here is an interesting related matter and this exhibit occurred at St. Mary’s university school of law in San Antonio:

Studying the saints that narcos pray to
Law officers get lesson on which icons mean what.

Two days after the Virgin of Guadalupe’s feast day, dozens of area law officers gathered in San Antonio on Tuesday to soak in intelligence about nefarious icons.

They have names like Jesús Malverde and Santa Muerte, or holy death, and San Simón, Guatemala’s “man in black” and the patron saint of childbirth and secrets.

They stand in contrast to more traditional images venerated in Mexico, like the Santo Niño de Atocha, a Christ child statuette credited with miracles, and St. Jude. But the drug underworld uses these, too, albeit for different purposes — protection from the law or to justify violent acts, said Robert Almonte, U.S. marshal for the Western District of Texas.

Also, yes, people like El Chapo and his likes are thugs but if you are a commoner, it is probably hard to totally reject the local powers. One might conceivably, for one’s own well being and that of the family, go along with the flow especially, if there is a Federal Government who you might perceive as not really keeping law and order.

Brazil and the Caribbean have their hybrid faith apparently sometimes involving what we’d call voodoo, Santeria and the such. “Other beliefs” being mixed in seems to happen in Mexico as well.

Per this Jesus Malverde mentioned above:

Jesús Malverde, possibly born as Jesús Juarez Mazo (1870–1909) (pronounced: [xeˈsus malˈβeɾ.ðe]), sometimes known as the “generous bandit”, “angel of the poor”,[1] or the “narco-saint”, is a folklore hero in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He is a “Robin Hood figure” who was supposed to have stolen from the rich to give to the poor.[2]

He is celebrated as a folk saint by some in Mexico and the United States, particularly among those involved in drug trafficking.[3] He is not recognized as a saint by the Catholic Church.

The government of Mexico oppressed the Catholic Church in the 1930s, this we know with the Cristeros movement; but by and large, I think the Catholic Church has often been held in reverence in Mexico throughout most of its life in Mexico however events over the last several years seems to show this line too, has been crossed.


There is nothing new about Santeria or Santa Muerte in Mexico.

The appurtenances of both, including animal (and in at least one instance, human) sacrifices, have been attested along the northern border for more than a generation.



This kind of reminds me of the Taj Mahal.

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