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Saint Patrick's Day

Erin

That time of the year again….

And I refuse to celebrate it.

Don’t be offended when your greetings of “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” go unanswered, or that I get very chilly when greeted so. But St. Patty’s Day is not about drinking green beer and speaking with a burr. Nope, it’s about honoring a man who was responsible (and given credit for) driving the Druids out of Ireland.

Those are the “snakes” that the legends refer to you know. It came from the tradition (which isn’t really confirmed that I have seen) of the Druids having snakes tattooed on their wrists and forearms, getting more elaborate as they increased in knowledge.

But St. Patrick drove them out. By bringing Christianity to the Isle and by persectuing them after he escaped from the Druids. In fact, according to the legends, he was captured by the Irish, sentanced to be executed, claimed as a slave by the Chief Druid of the area, taught the ways of the Druids, learned many secrets by being around the Druids, then he escaped, made his way home to England, and then had a vision of having to bring Christianity to the Irish. He then used his knowledge of the Druids and their structure to undermine and destroy them.

So, he’s a criminal, an oathbreaker, a murderer and a spy.

Nope, not celebrating a day dedicated to him, no matter how many “kiss me I’m Irish” hats I see.

Just FYI.

(reposted to my LiveJournal)

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One Response to “Saint Patrick's Day”

  1. mer says:

    I doubt about the snake tatoo thing as celtic art i think generally didnt show anything realistic.
    Saying that besides the bog bodys there isnt too many tattoos that survives.

    There is also questions about which mountain he was on, the one general claimed in is armagh, but crough patrick in mayo is the other option.

    Before it was crough patrick it belonged to either crom or lugh and the same day was kept as tradition.

    The arguement against is he was supposed to have not crossed the shannon (there is a myth that says that), maybe based on the fact paganism stayed longest in connaught.

    Im not too pushed as st patrick wasnt the reason people stopped following the druids. Hate and biggotry is why people turned against the druids. The early church treated people better (ref: the goddess and the serpant), so it was to be expected they got ousted.

    What sickens me was the celtic church once they had power abused it.

    St patricks day is celbrated so much because it is our national holiday. Its an excuse for people to drink and party and people are happy. No point worrying anything more than that.

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