This weekend we ventured to the Mercado Sonora — the witchcraft market — and to the nearby Mercado La Merced, the city’s biggest food market. The former was exceedingly creepy — with caged animals, potions, herbs and statues of Santa Muerte for sale. The latter was quite lovely — giant stalls of bananas, banana leaves (for tamales), watermelons, pineapples, chiles, etc.
Santa Muerte, with her skeletal smile, is not an image that will quickly leave your head. She is worshipped by many of impoverished people here, and as the New York Times explains “Shrines to Santa Muerte have been erected in public spaces from Tijuana to the southern tip of Mexico. Merchants at the open-air Sonora Market, long known for selling amulets and healing potions, do a brisk business selling images of Santa Muerte in all sizes, wearing tunics of all colors.”
Santa Muerta in Mercado Sonora:
Man slicing banana leaves, at La Merced:
Our friend Susana took this shot:
That’s a lot of naners, no?
Susana also got a good shot of the chiles: