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.”