Showcasing the art and ritual of the African and African-diaspora religions

Talismans for Saint Michael the Archangel

Catalog Number: H017/F023


pendant base: 1.08" x 0.76" x 0.51" 
27.39 mm x 19.24 mm x 13.09 mm

pendant top: 1.11" x 0.94" x 0.31" 
28.14 mm x 23.82 mm x 7.83 mm

chobu: 9.25" x 5.28" x 0.97" 
234.86 mm x 134.16 mm x 24.63 mm

Materials: Cloth
Usage: N/A
Detailed Description of Significance:

San Miguel usually takes green and red, but the real color is blue because he comes from the sky. San Antonio is the same as the Santo Niño de Atocha (his nickname is Elegguá). The saints had nicknames in Africa to avoid envy. You didn’t want people to know your real saint. The ornament is for Baron del Cementerio or Anaisa. Anaísa is St. Ana’s African name. Anaísa is the mother of a whole set of spirits; Marta, Pedro, dueño [?], Marísa – Santería. 

Every altar in this botanica has nuestra señora de providencia patron of this city. The ornament and copa of Santa Barbara are decorations for the altar or can be carried for protection. Anaísa has a multi-colored necklace for all of her roads, or caminos.