One of the most beloved deities in Mexican culture is Santa Muerte, the lady saint of death. Santa Muerte is a much beloved icon dating back to the Aztecs. The Holy Death, White Lady, or Beautiful Lady as she is also known, is well loved in Mexican and Santerian cultures. Santa Muerte isn’t worshipped out of fear, she is worshipped out of respect and love, and many Santa Muerte statues and candles can be found in her honor. Santa Muerte is worshipped for numerous reasons. Many of the prayers to her are similar to those of the Mother Mary in Christian beliefs, involving candle lighting and rosaries. Also, the request of the Santa Muerte is similar to that of Mother Mary. Devotees of the Holy Death will light colored votives and pray for safety during travel The Holy Death is also prayed to for a good and healthy life as well as protection. Of course, you might also find a statue of Santa Muerte at a grave for the Beautiful Lady to watch over a loved one who has passed on.