Sergio Emilio Carballido Murcio

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20232024 Forum on Revolution

Sergio Emilio Carballido Murcio

Religious Studies, Mathematical Economics

CAS, 2026

Sergio is a Religious Studies and Mathematical Economics major passionate about understanding society, cultures, and how people find meaning in things, ideals or beings. One of his dearest quotes is from Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar: "And since you have come out of childhood you forget that in order to get to Heaven you have to have a pebble and a toe," which describes his aspiration to enjoy the game of life. Apart from his academic passions, Sergio loves exploring coffee shops, chatting with friends, riding his bike, meeting new people and places. Originally from Mexico City, a place he describes as magical, he is interested in connecting his knowledge to his hometown. Don't hesitate to contact him!

La Santa Muerte: A Revolution to Mexico’s Popular Religiosity and its National Identity

In Tepito, Mexico, a neighborhood with high rates of crime, a new religious icon is emerging: La Santa Muerte, The Saint Death. Instead of worshiping the regular Catholic saints, people are switching to this new figure. The Catholic Church has been against The Saint Death, calling it satanic, and providing alternatives to it such as promoting the worship of St. Jude Thaddeus, known for solving hopeless causes. However, this has not been enough to deter Santa Muerte’s believers. This paper explores to what extent La Santa Muerte is a revolution to popular religiosity and Mexican identity in Mexico City. It analyzes why people worship The Saint Death, its uniqueness in comparison to other canonized Saints, and the historical relationship between The Saint Death, Catholicism, and Santeria.