The incidence of exorcisms and Satanic deliverance rites in Mexico has risen sharply in recent months, reportedly driven by the growth of the cult to Santa Muerte, a personification of death. One cleric who regularly performs exorcisms, Pastor Hugo Alvarez, attributes the rise of demonic possessions to increased dabbling in the occult, including black magic,

santería, witchcraft, sorcery, Satanism and especially the cult of Santa Muerte. Alvarez, author of Deliverance: A Ministry for the Church, said that “Santa Muerte is one of the trickiest and most dangerous practices, since they present a saint, but there’s a demon behind it.” READ MORE