And who are you going to pray? Several unusual "people of saints" is not recognized by any church
Saints are not born saints are. And sometimes "ascend into heaven" and to become the patron saint of a not too priglyadnogo aspect of life can be, even in the event that during his stay on earth special sanctity you well, did not differ.
Recently, the so-called "popular saints" who have never been, and most likely will never be recognized by any official of the existing church, rapidly gaining themselves more and more fans, and it is about them we will tell you in our today's article.
So, dear friends, today you will learn that in hindsight canonized after his death - is not such an impossible task. Meet the selection of our today's heroes who have managed, albeit informally, but quite successfully "to ascend to heaven."
The Holy drug
Meet Jesús Malverde, also known as "Mexican Robin Hood", who is also the patron saint of drug dealers, and along with all the other criminals. In Mexico Jesús especially revered marginal elements, from members of smaller street gangs, and ending with the cones of the big drug cartels. So, if you suddenly see a tattoo or a small pocket "icon" with Jesús at some not too affable Mexican guy better not mess with him, will own peril.
If you believe the current around the folk legend, during the lifetime of our Jesus was either a railway worker, whether working at a construction site, which is one day spit on everything and set foot on the difficult path of "noble robber". As it should be in all these stories, Malverde allegedly robbed the rich and gave the loot to the poor.
Jesús usually pray drug dealers, prisoners and poor immigrants attempting to illegally cross the US border, in the hope that the saint will protect them from the police. The main center of worship is considered to be the tomb of Malverde in Kulyakane where "pilgrims" lay flowers, money and other offerings in exchange for blessings, protection and assistance to its some illegal business.
The Holy TB
Not all "popular saints" comes from the Latin America and linked to organized crime and shady business. A striking example of this is the Portuguese doctor Jose Tomas de Souza Martins, which locals for over a hundred years, is revered as the patron saint of patients with tuberculosis.
Jose Martins was a doctor and a pharmacist, who lived in the late 19th century in Lisbon and most famously treated free local black and poor of consumption. When in 1897 the doctor himself caught tuberculosis from one of his patients, he committed suicide, knowing full well that the disease is not treated, and how painful death is now waiting for him.
Although the Christian canons suicide Martins were uniquely theirs eternal torment in hell, local residents affected by the kindness and self-sacrifice of the brave doctor, immediately began to read him as a saint. In 1904, in honor of the Martins built a statue, which at the same time and became something of his sanctuary. At the foot of the statue of fans began leaving flowers and a commemorative marble plaque, and TB patients started coming to her to ask Dr. Martins aid in healing.
The Holy Mexican illegals
Juan Soldado - another Mexican "national saint", which protects undocumented immigrants crossing the border into the United States. When Juan was a simple life guards who in 1938 made a scapegoat and was executed for the rape and murder of eight-year girl who is rumored to have made a senior general.
After the innocent border guard was shot in the city, where he had served, allegedly began to happen strange things. The locals swore that they had seen the grave of Juan oozing fresh blood, and his spirit was the townspeople, reproaching them for their unjust execution.
In the end, people recognized Soldado martyr and walked to his grave, where they began to administer alleged miracles. Now this place is very popular with illegal immigrants who come to pray to the soldier who was executed unjustly, that it helped them quickly and safely to cross the border.
The Holy Death
Santa Muerte, Holy Death as it is the most popular "people's god" in Latin America, and at the same time the only heroine of today's list, which never lived in human form. Cultural experts believe that the cult of Saint Death is a kind of mixture of Catholicism and ancient pagan beliefs and earned his millions of followers in Mexico because of the difficult and extremely dangerous situation in the country.
Santa Muerte is commonly worshiped by those who are traditionally considered to be marginal, and who rejects the Catholic Church - gangsters, drug dealers, drug addicts, prisoners, prostitutes, immigrants, homosexuals, homeless. It is believed that the saints will hear the prayer of each, because in the face of death, in the end, all will be equal.
Goddess is usually portrayed as a female skeleton with a scythe in a large billowing cloak, and as Death offerings bring sweets, cigarettes, flowers and spirits.