New Year Devotees Feast the Saint of Death

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A follower shows a ring of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, near at the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. Followers gather at the saint’s altar at the start of the new year to leave offerings of apples, flowers, cigarettes, coloured candles and tequila to thank the saint for favours that have been granted and to ask for new ones in the new year. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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People hold statues of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, while attending rosary prayers at Tepito neighbourhood in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, makes the sign of the crosss at the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, pray near the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A man sells rosaries of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, near at the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, receives marijuana leaves from another follower at the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, as part of a cleansing ritual at the saint’s altar in Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, as part of a cleansing ritual at the saint’s altar in Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower holds a picture of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, while attending rosary prayers at Tepito neighbourhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, as he buys souvenirs near the saint’s altar at Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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A follower kneels down while a man pours an alcoholic beverage over a figure of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), a cult figure often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, at Tepito neighbourhood in Mexico City January 1, 2015. (Photo by Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

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