Exorcisms On The Rise In Mexico: Many Say Drug Problems & Violence Due To An "Infestation of Demons"

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Warning: Don’t read this if you like to sleep at night.

Mexican priests are reportedly overworked and exhausted thanks to a surge in exorcisms and demon activity in the country. According to BBC News, some priests are unable to take new cases, because they are expelling as many as one demon per day. 

While the cause of the increase in demon activity is unknown, many attribute it to a growing fascination with the cult figure known as Santa Muerte, or Saint Death. 

Also known as La Dama Poderosa (The Powerful Lady), Santa Muerte is a hooded, skeletal effigy often seen wearing a wedding dress and holding a scythe. According to The International Business Times, she can be seen in shrines and stores across Mexico, where devotees pray to her for love, healing, success...or for more sinister desires, such as revenge.

“It’s not religion just because it’s dressed up like religion,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture. “It’s blasphemy against religion.”

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Cristina Arreola, Associate Editor

Cristina Mari Arreola is the Associate Editor. Originally from El Paso, Texas, she earned her degree at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University before moving to New York City. In her downtime, you can usually find her scouring the city for the most authentic Mexican food (still looking), scaring herself silly watching horror movies, or frantically reading a novel from her (extremely lengthy) reading list. See what she's reading now on Goodreads, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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