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St Patrick's day in Poland


Strzelec35 28 | 1,614
21 Mar 2021 #181
Im gonna read more about this story.
Novichok 1 | 2,760
21 Mar 2021 #182
To flee his captivity, and that he'd find a ship waiting

That's what he said. It would be more compelling if he said it in front of witnesses BEFORE he got on that ship.
I can play that I had a dream game all day long. Retroactively is best if you want 100% accuracy.
jon357 67 | 16,915
21 Mar 2021 #183
Im gonna read more about this story.

It's worth reading about. He was a very special person, and sometimes dreams like that really do happen.
Novichok 1 | 2,760
21 Mar 2021 #184
...and sometimes those who have such dreams lie. Really.
jon357 67 | 16,915
21 Mar 2021 #185
Im gonna read more about this story.

Here's a good account of it:
ireland-information.com/articles/saintpatrick.htm

There's a theory now that he wasn't abducted and taken as a slave, but was instead fleeing the draft (he was from a high-status Romano-British family and so was expected to do military service). Most work was close to slavery in Patrick's lifetime so there may not have been much difference.
Atch 16 | 3,299
21 Mar 2021 #186
Patrick is beautifully woven into the mythology and legends of pagan Ireland too.

For example, if you read the legend of Tír na nÓg and the ill-fated lovers Oisin and Niamh, the great warrior Oisin comes back to Ireland from the land of eternal youth, Tír na nÓg, but as he bends from his horse to help an old man move a heavy stone, his stirrup breaks and his foot touches the ground, whereupon he is transformed from the young prince he was, to his true age which is many hundreds of years old. (In some versions he falls from his horse.) The local people run to fetch Patrick and Oisin dies under Patrick's care having been converted to the Catholic faith, but also having passed on to Patrick, the tales of the Fianna, the great warriors of ancient Ireland.

One of the lovely and unique things about Irish Christianity was the respect it kept for the old legends and Pagan faith. The monks wrote down and preserved the entire cycle of legends (it puts Lord of the Rings to shame!) at the same time that they were making copies of the Bible.


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