Penny Dreadful City of Angels and the real Santa Muerte #pennydreadful #santamuerte #pennydreadfulcityofangels #losangeles

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In this episode of Exploration Arcanum, I speak with Dr. Andrew Chesnut and Dr. Kate Kingsbury about Santa Muerte and the new Showtime series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.

Dr. Kate Kingsbury bio: Dr. Kate Kingsbury obtained her doctorate in anthropology at the University of Oxford and is author of the forthcoming “Daughters of Death: The Female Followers of Santa Muerte” with Oxford University Press. Dr. Kingsbury is Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is fascinated by religious phenomena. Dr. Kingsbury is a staunch believer in equal rights and the power of education to ameliorate global disparities. She also works pro bono for a non profit organization, Uganda4Her, that aims to empower and educate girls in Uganda.

Twitter: @ProfKingsbury


Dr. Andrew Chesnut bio: The leading expert on the fastest growing new religious movement in the West, Dr. Andrew Chesnut is Professor of Religious Studies and holds the Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Chair in Catholic Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University.

He is the author of the first and only academic book in English on the Bony Lady, Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint (Oxford University Press, 2012 and 2017).

The first and only academic book in English on Santa Muerte, now in its second edition!

TWITTER: @andrewchesnut1

LINKS: the only site of SM news and analysis curated by Dr. Andrew Chesnut and Mr. David B. Metcalfe “The Global Catholic Review” – My Patheos column BOOKS: Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint:

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