Borderland: A Journey Along The Changing Frontier by Steve Inskeep

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Saint Death

“Well, I think the mayor should not get involved in the beliefs of the people,” says Mrs. Ramirez. “God sent Saint Death to us as a messenger, as a mediator. She’s like our lawyer.”

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/03/19/291149166/saint-death-now-revered-on-both-sides-of-u-s-mexico-frontier