The Catholic religious prints shown on here the package fronts are La Mano Poderosa, the Powerful Hand of God and Saint Hilarion. There are numerous others available, including the Virgin of Guadelupe and San Martin de Porres.
The meaning of the horseshoe -- a European importation -- is both protection and general good luck.
The Ormosia nobilis seed is called huayruru hembra in the Quechua language and signifies good luck. (O. nobilis is the only species of Ormosia in which the red and black markings vary from seed to seed, so it is readily identifiable by comparing the patterns on the two seeds shown here.)
The broom in Peruvian folklore has a different meaning than in African-American hoodoo symbolism. There it represents the sweeping away of evil influences; here it evokes San Martin de Porres, a Peruvian saint whose iconography shows him carrying a broom and feeding a dish of milk to several species of animals, representing the various races of mankind. Thus the broom in this context stands for the first African American man made a saint, for the humility to perform menial tasks, and for harmonious personal relationships in general and peace between those of varied races and classes in particular.
There are four saints cast into the metal frames -- two different ones on each amulet shown. I cannot name them with certainty due to the indistinct quality of the castings, but they appear as follows:
These package amulets are meant to be carried on the person or placed in a niche or the glove box of a vehicle. Depending on the nature of the saints depicted, they are used to bring luck, protection, and special favours from above.
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