SAINT MARTIN OF TOURS
(SAN MARTIN CABALLERO)
There are two Saint Martins in the Catholic religion; the
recently canonized Saint Martin de Porres and the older Saint
Martin of Tours. The latter, known in Latin America as San Martin
Caballero, "Saint Martin the Horse-rider," is the one most
frequently encountered in luck charms. Born in Hungary during the
late Roman empire, he was pressed into service in the Roman army,
where he became a centurion, One day, while riding his horse, he
chanced upon a near-naked beggar and cut his cloak in half to
give the poor man a covering. That night he had a dream in which
the beggar appeared to him as Jesus, so he quit the army and
became a monk in Italy. He was later promoted to the rank of
Bishop of Tours (in France) but always lived a simple life and
gave a great deal to charity. Thus San Martin is the
Patron Saint of those who hope strangers will aid them.
In Mexico San Martin Caballero is especially popular among shop-keepers, who rely
on the kindness of passing strangers for their livelihood, and
among truck drivers, who see in his horsemanship a parallel to
their own manner of earning a living. Because the horse he
rides is associated with the lucky horseshoe, he is also a favourite
saint among gamblers. In Cuba, some Santeros
identify him with the orisha
Ellegua, probably because the latter is associated with
crossroads and hence with travel.
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