The Saint Wallet is a bit of Mexican Catholic folk-magic that utilizes religious imagery to effect magical results. Shaped just like a regular money-wallet, but measuring only 1 1/2" x 2" when folded and snapped shut, this crochet-edged vinyl-and-rayon compendium of symbols unfolds to its full 4 3/4" x 2" and reveals a Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Virgin of Guadalupe, a tiny saint medal hung from glass seed-beads, two swatches of diminutive reproductions of old hand-tinted photo-postcards of saints, a piece of a genuine novena prayer folded up and wrapped in yellow cellophane, and two more-or-less random saint-prints, one within the wallet itself and the other displayed on the vinyl back-flap when the item is opened.
The matter of selecting which saint to carry on one's person is complex. Certain saints are invoked for the protection of travellers, others to cure specific diseases, and still others to bring money to the bearer. In addition, no matter what specific benefits a given saint may be thought to confer, it is also customary among Catholics to carry a medal or saint print bearing the likenesses of one's name-sake saint; thus a man named Juan might want a print of Saint John the Baptist in his wallet in addition to the omnipresent Mexican image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Note: Although saint wallets contain no indigenous or pagan "lucky" symbolism and are comprised entirely of Catholic religious elements, they are best understood as a special form of Latin American package amulet.
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