Jan Sochor*

05.07.2012 in22:21 in Documentary -->


He was born in the Czech Republic but he is changing his base between South America and Europe frequently, he lived and worked in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Spain and the Czech Republic in the last five years. America has become a major theme for him since then. He focuses on documentary projects trying to show and tell about the (Latin) American continent, its everyday life, social, political and cultural issues. His photographs and stories have appeared in numerous Czech magazines, newspapers and publications, including Reflex magazine, National Geographic CZ, Instinkt, Hospodarske noviny.

A Mexican follower of Santa Muerte (Saint Death) shows his tattoo during the pilgrimage in Tepito, a rough district of Mexico City, Mexico, 1 May 2011. The religious cult of Santa Muerte is a syncretic fusion of Aztec death worship rituals and Catholic beliefs. Born in lower-class neighborhoods of Mexico City, it has always been closely associated with crime. In the past decades, original Santa Muerte’s followers (such as prostitutes, pickpockets and street drug traffickers) have merged with thousands of ordinary Mexican Catholics. The Saint Death veneration, offering a spiritual way out of hardship in the modern society, has rapidly expanded. Although the Catholic Church considers the Santa Muerte’s followers as devil worshippers, on the first day of every month, crowds of believers in Saint Death fill the streets of Tepito. Holding skeletal figurines of Holy Death clothed in a long robe, they pray for power healing, protection and favors and make petitions to ‘La Santisima Muerte’, who reputedly can make life-saving miracles. © Jan Sochor. All rights reserved.

Website: http://www.jansochor.com/

Santa Muerte….