Santa Muerte – the Angel of Death in the City of Angels

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By Guest Contributor Aaman Lamba*

As a devotee of Santa Muerte, I take every opportunity to look for ways to engage with her. When I travel to new cities, I look up local stores and temples, and also travel with a personal doll of Santa Muerte, made by my artist wife Deepti Lamba.

Recently, I had occasion to visit Los Angeles, the city with the second largest Mexican population in the world after Mexico City. I knew there would be some stores and temples to the Bony Lady but was quite surprised and happy with what I found. I checked into my hotel Sunday afternoon in Hollywood and looked at a few stores, most were closed, but Atlas Obscura mentioned a place with an interesting name, Templo Major de Santa Muerte.

I looked up the location to find it was far away in Huntington Park and I…

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How to Conduct a Séance by Stephen Wagner

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Throughout the Victorian age, parties that featured a séance were all the rage. Hosts would gather people together to contact the dead. In recent years, there has been increased skepticism towards séances. However, a lot of people continue to believe that making contact with the dead is possible.


If you’re planning to hold a séance in your own home, you need a few likeminded people and a few vital supplies.

When choosing participants, select people who believe in the possibility of communicating with the dead, skeptics can harm the séance’s chances of success. And because the experience can be intense, it is usually best to keep young children out of the circle.

Otherwise, all you need concerning supplies is a round or oval table, candle, and food. Both the candles and food are believed to attract spirits who are looking for warms and…

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