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At the start of Season 3 Breaking Bad, we see a bunch of villagers and Tuco's cousins crawling on their bellies towards some shrine where they put a drawing of Walter White as some kind of "offering".

Why were the villagers and the cousins crawling towards this shrine?

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They are visiting a shrine of Santa Muerte (Saint Death). In Mexico, she is a popular folk saint/deity who is the patron saint of (among other things) drug dealers and smugglers, and is often invoked to protect against violent death. Traditionally, a worshiper would crawl on his knees on his way to visit the shrine.

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From an article in National Geographic:

"In Mexico, the practice of Catholicism among the poor and desperate often involved crawling long distances on one's knees ... if God's favors were received." ("Vatican in a Bind About Santa Muerte")

How this relates to the episode as a whole is open for speculation, though what makes the most sense to me is that the brothers were hoping God would protect them in their mission to cross the border into the United States to kill Heisenberg.

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Well, there were quite a few skulls in the shrine, so I thought it was not Catholic. What do you think? –  A-K Oct 18 '13 at 18:12
As you can see in the article, whether or not it is Catholic is disputed by the Catholic church, with those skulls (or similar items) a key part of their criticism. –  stevvve Oct 18 '13 at 18:16
That's it then. Thanks! –  A-K Oct 18 '13 at 18:40

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