Happy St. Patrick’s Day!~ Getting to know the Real St. Patrick

Now that every one has hopefully gotten over their hangover from consuming too much green beer. I want to talk about the origin of the Holiday. The real St. Patrick was not Irish, a Scot, nor British, he was from ancient Gaul which later was renamed France. Some believed he was out of the monastery set up by Saint Paul. Of course, many years after the death of Paul.

Yes, I’m aware it’s said in later years he was born in Britannia, which was occupied by Rome. How could he had been born in Great Britain when Great Britain didn’t exist in 3rd century A.D. It wasn’t firmly established as Great Britain until over 700 years later under the rule of Richard the LionHeart. And the UK wasn’t formed until May 1, 1707.

What we know of him today is a good example of history revisionism. You can not change history to suit whatever is popular in the present day. It’s firm. Whatever happened, good or bad, it’s set in stone. Things like this is why I backtrack and read so many older books because too many things has been changed in later years to suit whomever sponsoring or doing the writing.  A lot of that has gone on in later years with everything from literature to art.

The leprechauns, rainbows, pots of gold, fairies and clovers had nothing to do with the real Saint Patrick. All of these things are actually parts of the ancient Celtic religion already existing in Ireland (ERIN). Many cultures maintained their symbols of their cultural faiths and practices and incorporated them into Christianity just as the Romans did.

The shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, was said to be used by Saint Patrick to explain the Holy Trinity in his ministry.

He was never formally canonized by any pope because during his life time the order of the pope as we know it today was not firmly established.

The legend of St. Patrick driving snakes out of Ireland is symbolical. Because of Ireland’s position, an island nation surrounded by icy waters, it’s not likely snakes were there in the first place. The snakes were bad people not literal physical animals called snakes. The snakes he were referring to were the Romans. They occupied Gaul, Saxon, Wessex, England  Erin and Scotland at the that time and were still killing Christians. I know Constantine had legalized Christianity by this time but when has legalization ever stopped evil people from doing bad things?

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About unholypursuit

A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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