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Folk religion with deadly rituals raises safety concerns for law enforcement

<p>Santa Muerte is becoming a prominent source of faith among drug traffickers and violent criminals, which is why many narcotics officers feel the public and law enforcement alike should beware.</p>

Erin Jones, Erica Proffer

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Published: 7/10/2017 11:00:59 PM
Updated: 11:00 PM CDT July 10, 2017

More than 80 percent of the world's population practices some form of religion, according to the Pew Research Center. Most religious people identify as either Christian, Muslim or Hindu. But behind these traditional faiths are folk religions.

The Pew Research Center estimates about six percent of the world's population - approximately 405 million people - follow folk religions. Most of these non-traditional faiths are usually tied to African, Chinese, Australian, or Native American tribes.

At least one, being practiced in Austin, raises concerns for law enforcement.

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