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New year offerings to the Saint of Death

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 in Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City, Mexico January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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 in Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City, Mexico January 1, 2019....more

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 in Tepito neighborhood, in Mexico City, Mexico January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as he walks on his knees en route to the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as he walks on his knees en route to the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as he walks on his knees en route to the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower carries offerings to La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries offerings to La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries offerings to La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower prays in front of the statue of La Santa Muerte at the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower prays in front of the statue of La Santa Muerte at the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower prays in front of the statue of La Santa Muerte at the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower shows on his head a tattoo of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower shows on his head a tattoo of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower shows on his head a tattoo of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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Followers carry sculptures of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Followers carry sculptures of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Followers carry sculptures of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, as part of a cleansing ritual in Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City, Mexico January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, as part of a cleansing ritual in Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City, Mexico January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte (The Saint of Death), often depicted as a skeletal grim reaper, as part of a cleansing ritual in Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City, Mexico January 1, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower blows smoke from a cigar as part of a cleansing ritual offered to La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower blows smoke from a cigar as part of a cleansing ritual offered to La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower blows smoke from a cigar as part of a cleansing ritual offered to La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte as part of a cleansing ritual. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte as part of a cleansing ritual. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower blows smoke from a cigar on a statue of La Santa Muerte as part of a cleansing ritual. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower holds a sculpture of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower holds a sculpture of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower holds a sculpture of La Santa Muerte. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower prays in front of the statue of La Santa Muerte at the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower prays in front of the statue of La Santa Muerte at the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower prays in front of the statue of La Santa Muerte at the saint's altar. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as part of a cleansing ritual. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as part of a cleansing ritual. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as part of a cleansing ritual. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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Followers carry a sculpture of La Santa Muerte inside a house. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Followers carry a sculpture of La Santa Muerte inside a house. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

Followers carry a sculpture of La Santa Muerte inside a house. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as he walks on his knees en route to the saint's altar in Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as he walks on his knees en route to the saint's altar in Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

A follower carries a sculpture of La Santa Muerte as he walks on his knees en route to the saint's altar in Tepito neighborhood, Mexico City. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
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