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What is the meaning of the crawling ritual in Breaking Bad season 3 episode 1. It takes place right at the beginning of episode 1. Several farmers in a Mexican village are crawling towards some kind of shrine, decorated with flowers. The twin killers arrive in the Mercedes and join the crawling.

Presumably this is a religious ritual, but what is their religion?

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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? –  AlexKuznetsov 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
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That's it then. Thanks! –  AlexKuznetsov Oct 18 '13 at 18:40
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