Emilio Espejel

MEXICO CITY ‚ÄĒ In the so-called "fierce neighborhood" of Tepito, residents pour into a street known as Alfarer√≠a #12 on the first day of every month to¬†pay homage to one of the¬†most popular altars of the¬†Santa Muerte sect, a syncretic cult-like religious expression that mixes ancient beliefs about death with Catholicism.

The monthly procession draws¬†hundreds of tepite√Īos who¬†pay their respects by offering prayers, chants, marijuana cigarettes, dollar bills and promises in exchange for miracles.

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This altar was installed 14 years ago in front of the¬†house of Enriqueta Romero, known in Tepito as Do√Īa Queta.¬†Throughout the years this street shrine has become a religious icon that brings the Tepito community together and helps keep faith during harsh times.

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Photographs by Emilio Espejel.

Emilio Espejel is a photographer based in Mexico City.