Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Banishing of the Snakes

It has long been believed that during his mission in Ireland St. Patrick stood on a hilltop, now known as Croagh Patrick, and with only a wooden staff at his side banished all the snakes from Ireland.

When in fact the island nation of Ireland never was home to any snakes. The "banishing of the snakes" was in reality a metaphor for the removal of pagan ideology and the triumph of Christianity in Ireland.

Two hundred years after Patrick's arrival the people of Ireland were completely Christianized, with St. Patrick being largely responsible for Catholicism being the most dominant religion in Ireland.

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