They say death can come in many forms, but in Mexico she is a woman with many names: La Niña Blanca (the white girl), La Flaquita (the skinny girl), La Dama Poderosa (the powerful woman) and Santísima Muerte (most holy saint of death).
A decade ago 99 percent of Mexico had never heard of Santa Muerte.
Today, more than 5 million Mexican citizens — and many more worldwide — identify as worshipers of the skeleton saint.
According to religious scholars the explosion in popularity started when a woman named Enriqueta Romero placed an altar to Santa Muerte outside her nondescript home in the rough Mexico City barrio of Morelos.
I had the great pleasure of spending several hours with Enriqueta at her home.