It’s Saint Patrick’s day again – apparently the most popular “drinking festival” in the world. This is actually super apt – for centuries before Patrick was around – this was Dionysus day, the Pagan God of wine, drunken revels, music and licentious pleasures.
Patrick has always been contentious. He was credited with “driving the snakes out of Ireland” but Ireland never had any actual snakes. At least, not in civilized memory. But the “snakes” were the druids, goddess worshipers, midwives, homosexuals and you know – strange men and strange women according to the Church. Patrick’s chief accomplishment was apparently to forcibly convert people to Christianity.
To this day, Irish Pagans still put a wreath of snakes – not shamrocks – around their door on St Patrick’s day as a ‘we’re still here’ statement. But others say that Patrick was never officially sainted by the Church and certainly not for services rendered witch-hunting and being evil, that the bad deeds were actually done by a completely different bishop.
And then there is this, from The Woman’s Encylopedia Of Myths and Secrets, saying he WAS/IS basically a Pagan deity. Thoughts?
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