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Dr. Andrew Chesnut is Professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and the leading expert on Santa Muerte, the fastest growing new religious movement in the West. 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 (OUP, 2012 and 2017). Follow him on Twitter. David Metcalfe is a researcher, writer and multimedia specialist focusing on the interrelationship of art, culture, and consciousness. He is a contributor at SkeletonSaint.com and Editor-in-Chief for the Windbridge Research Center's Threshold: Journal of Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies. Follow him on Twitter.

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