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Those Weren't Really Snakes, You Know

by Ivan Homeless (writer), SFV, March 17, 2008

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St. Patrick's Day revelry is not for everyone, for pagans it is day of remembrance for those that were persecuted for their beliefs.

I am a pagan and while I enjoy “getting my Irish on” for St. Patrick’s day as much as the next whiskey drinker –I revel in the irony that St. Patrick would absolutely HATE it!

You see, a) I’m a Pagan and 2) St. Patrick “drove out” the Druids, in the form of genocide (actual reptiles, not so much liking the cold Emerald Isle, you see – but the serpent is a Druid symbol and one that has a rather notorious role in the book of Genesis.) The kindly Bishop Patrick hated the Druids – and history has many versions of why that may be, some say he was raised as a Druid slave and had a cruel master whom he escaped and joined the church, some say the Druids tried to poison his wine during a feast day celebration. Whatever the reason, the very British Bishop Patrick was firmly anti-Druid. The Druids were teachers, they actually wrote down and passed on the history of Ireland, their beliefs and the people – which by Church standards of the 5th-7th centuries was a big no-no.

Patrick recognized that the Druids were the really cool and groovy people in Ireland and he figured if he could convert them to Christianity the rest of Ireland would follow. That didn’t work so well so, Patrick took to burning books and buildings. With the help of additional British missionaries he was able to overwhelm the population was able convert most of Ireland to Christianity by rebuilding the destroyed Druid buildings with Churches and by suggesting to Rome that the Catholic holidays be celebrated near or on the Druid holidays so the newly converted wouldn’t have to sort out which holidays to celebrate when. So, you have Christmas near Yule, Candlemas near Imbolc, Easter near Ostara – the pattern is fairly plain to see.

Patrick was ultimately successful; obviously, he succeeded by killing thousands of innocent people who would not convert and was sainted by the Catholic Church for his efforts. St. Patrick is not alone; the Spanish Inquisition is another stellar example of the Church waging war to “win over” the masses to their side – but that was 1000 years later, St. Paddy led the way.

So, yes I will drink a glass of whiskey tonight and celebrate but more in remembrance than in revelry.



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By VeroniqueChevalier on March 19, 2008 at 03:28 am

Next we'll find out that the Easter Bunny isn't really the cute fuzzy innocent critter we all think he is, but rather is somehow distantly related to Hannibal Lecter. I mean what kind of wacko would induce children to hunt for brightly colored, dyed (died?) pre-born chickens that have been boiled to death?

And Santa? An invention of the captains of industry to induce us to spend more than we can afford. St. Valentine? Yet another fictitious personage invented for the sake of commerce, serving as a thinly-veiled justification for the murdering of innumerable innocent flowers, as well as the mass decimation of untold numbers of cacao beans...

...Sigh...Is nothing sacred...?

But seriously, I agree that Catholicism rather excels at appropriating and supplanting the mores of peoples it wishes to subjugate or destroy altogether.

Small pox blankets anyone...?

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By Ellie M on March 17, 2009 at 05:22 pm

My family background is totally druidian laced so thank YOU for raising St. Patty awareness ~ Great article! 

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