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Aztec Mythology Meets Christianity: Visit to Santa Muerte Temple

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Please read ALL the details below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) The cost per person for this event is $12. You MUST go online and purchase a ticket for this event: http://www.atlasobscura.com/events/obscura-society-la-templo-santa-muerte

Seating is limited, so tickets will sell out in advance.

3) We do request that if you decide to participate in this event, that you have an open mind about other belief systems. In addition, you'll be entering a religious temple. Please be respectful.

4) Bring cash if you wish to purchase items/artifacts from the gift shop, which can be blessed by the priest during the service.

5) Street parking only.

6) If you wish to bring an offering for Santa Muerte, please bring real flowers or fresh fruit. Portion of the fee will be donated to the temple.

7) When you arrive at the venue, call me at: 714-658-4099. Do not text me.

Earlier this year while researching one of my favorite deities, Santa Muerte, I discovered there was a temple in Hollywood dedicated to this deity/saint. I attended attending one of their services which are patterned to Roman Catholic masses, but with key differences - like the priest at some point lifts up a ceremonial dagger. It took some persuading but I was able to arrange for a meet and greet with the priest and his partner. So come join me in Hollywood to visit the Santa Muerte Temple!

From Atlas Obscura Website:

Two thousand years ago, Christianity was considered a cult. Early Christians were often persecuted and threatened, so they were forced to meet and pray underground... in the dark, dank, and creepy catacombs that populated many ancient cities. As Christianity spread and became popular, local customs and belief systems were integrated into the religion, modernizing holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Day of the Dead.

In Mexico, Aztec worship post Conquistador era continued, also going underground to avoid persecution. Soon, these two religions collided and the hybridization being Santa Muerte. Santa Muerte, portrayed as a woman, has a mysterious appeal to her and has connections to healing, protection, and death - think the Grim Reaper meets the Virgin Mary.

While the religion is often associated with Mexico, the influx of Mexican immigrants into the United States has brought the worship of Santa Muerte into America. Come join Field Agent Robert Hemedes as we learn about Los Angeles's only temple devoted to Santa Muerte worship. Started 7 years ago by Father Garcia and Sahara, the temple holds regular services on Fridays and weekends.

We will learn about the history of the religion, participate in a service, and have a Q&A with Father Garcia himself. This is a rare opportunity to explore a faith that is unfamiliar to many and holds such a mystical past.