But before getting into the lodestone spell, let's take a closer look at that holy card! What at first sight looks like Nino Fidencio dressed in saintly garb and standing in a vesica pisces is revealed on closer inspection to be a very crude photo-composite: The head of Nino Fidencio has been grafted onto a print of Jesus in his typical Sacred Heart posture (white robe, dark cloak, right hand raised, left hand to heart). And that's not all -- the figure of Nino-as-Christ has been composited into a standard-issue image of the Virgin of Guadelupe, so that the homely boy stands within the well-known spiky vesica pisces of that version of the Virgin, surrounded by roses! The picture is titled at the bottom "Fidencio S. Constantino" -- his full name awas Jose Fidencio Sintora Contantino. The package amulet has been stapled to young Fidencio's legs.
Okay, turning the card over, we are greeted with another remarkable image, occupying the lower half of the card. It is a crudely drawn black and white cartoon that depicts what must be a 20-foot tall two-armed Cross of Caravaca set with 20 light bulbs and mounted on a mound of earth. At the foot of the cross, two angels kneel to pray, and surrounding the mound about 100 people stand or kneel in prayer, some throwing their arms upward in praise. The giant cross partially obscures a large, radiant Sun.
Above this cartoonish image is the prayer-spell proper, in Spanish:
This has been translated for me as follows:PIEDRA IMAN Yo te pongo oro para mi tesoro. Plata para mi casa. Cobre para el pobres. Coral para que me retires la envi- dia y el mal. Trigo para que me des buen marido (o Esposa NINO FIDENCIO CONTRA MALDAD
LODESTONE I put in for you gold for my treasure. Silver for my house. Copper for the poor. Coral to protect you from envy and evil. Wheat so that you will be given a good husband (or wife). NINO FIDENCIO AGAINST EVIL
Another item in my collection related to Nino Fidencio is Los 7 Banos del Nino Fidencio. It was made in Mexico and is one of those boxed seven-day bath outfits they use down there -- similar to the Exorcism of San Cipriano, Exorcism of San Miguel, 7 Banos de la Cruz de la Caravaca, et cetera. The Nino Fidencio baths contain the usual seven bottles of coloured fluid in the box. The image on the full-colour box lid shows Fidencio as a priest in a field, with people worshipping, plus a close-up of his long, homely profile. And inside, we get some information printed on a sheet of paper in green ink, and no, i don't know Spanish, but this is what i was able to glean from it, using my High School Latin memories --
Nino Fidencio was born October 17th, 1898 at the Rancho de Las Cuevas, in Iramuco Guananjuato. His father was Socorro Constantino and his mother was Maria Transito Sintora. His full name was Fidencio de Jesus Constantino. He did something or other (unknown verb) at the Cenote at Chichen Itza (the old Mayan shrine) involving herbs and flowers where it was revealed that he had Fantastic Powers. The 7 Baths of Nino Fidencio are prepared from authentic recipes. They are (and here's where my Spanish gives out):There's more, but i give up. Remember, i am translating this as a person with 3 years of Latin botanical taxonomy (35 years ago) as my only guide!
(1) El Bano de Gobernadora (the bath of Greasewood or Creosote Bush, Larrea spp.) taken on Sunday. It is for convalesence, business negotionations, transactions, and (unknown verb) involving money.
(2) El Banos de Hojase (the bath of leaves) is taken on Monday, and it dissolves the bad work of enemies, removes bad luck, etc.
(3) El Bano de Cenizo (the bath of ashes, the ash-coloured bath?) is taken on Tuesday to cure susto (the Mexican hysteriacal fright disorder) and it also works against envy that might affect work or business.
(4) El Bano con Flores y hojas de Anacahuita (the bath with the flowers and leaves of the Mexican Olive or Texas Olive, Cordia boissieri) is taken on Wednesday to help with the marriage something about spouses and love ... and it also cures ailments involving the bronchiae and lungs.
(5) Los Banos con hojas y fruitos de Pirul (the leaves and fruits of the Californica Peppertree or Pimienta, Schinus molle) is taken on Thursday to (lots of words here i really cannot follow) -- perhaps dissolve badness, separation from the spouse or lover, and infirmities that cause "Hinchazones" (swellings? tumors?), inflammations and chronic illness, and "entuilimientos" (numbness? stiffness?).
(6) Los Banos de Visbirinda (what is that?) taken on Friday, something excessive sleeping, Atontamiento (no clue), and insomnia and intranqility during sleep, and tremors, and bad character (!!!) (mental illnesses?).
(7) El Bano del Tomates Rojas (the Bath of Red Tomatoes!), taken on Saturday, was used by Nino Fidencio for the whole class of leprosies, skin diseases, and fistulas.
Apply the baths all over the body, wash with Genuine Soap of Nino Fidencio (not included and i have never seen it) and use abundant natural water.
On the 8th of February, 1928, the Constitutional President of the Republic of Mexico, Sr. General Don Plutarco Elias Calles, accompanied by del Gral. Juan Andrew Almazen, the Governor of the State of Nuevo Leon, with many other persons -- (verb unknown) did something for El Nino Fidencio. (visited him, gave him a medal or award, sorry, i can't figure that one out)
On the 18th of October, 1938 El Nino Fidencio found his rest and on his tomb there is a cross and these words are engaved on the stone:
1 Treat the mighty as you would the humble God knows something something your choice -- Dedicated by Enrique Lozez de la Fuenta
2 The Good Lord knows your heart and something something a memorial always beneficent -- the Dedication of Clemente Paras
3 Do not distinguish between the poor and the rich nor between nationals and foreigners, and all something something are equal -- This beneficence is dedicated as a memorial to his eternal memory.
So -- does anyone want to volunteer to REALLY translate this for me? I can send a photocopy or a fax. And i'll throw in a cool gift for whoever does the translation, if it comes back in e-format so i don't have to keyboard it in.
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