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Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:25 pm
by Ygern
Out of interest, where did the story of Patrick and the snakes come from seeing as there haven't been any of our slithery brethren here since the end of the last Ice Age?

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:36 pm
by munsterdevil
Ygern Said:
Out of interest, where did the story of Patrick and the snakes come from seeing as there haven't been any of our slithery brethren here since the end of the last Ice Age?
It's presumably to do with what the snake represents in the Bible such as in the garden of Eden, another theory is that snakes reoresented paganist culture and ritual.

Basically Ygern another christian myth.

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 10:53 pm
by Ygern
I find the level of dishonesty breath-taking :)

Whoever first decided that this would be a good story to invent must have told it to people who didn't even know what a snake was! And yet he managed to convince them that Patrick had done a wonderful thing for them and that snakes were bad. :?

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:05 pm
by FXR
Ygern wrote:I find the level of dishonesty breath-taking :)

Whoever first decided that this would be a good story to invent must have told it to people who didn't even know what a snake was! And yet he managed to convince them that Patrick had done a wonderful thing for them and that snakes were bad. :?
The one about the shamrock is bollocks as well and climbing Croagh Patrick was going on long before Patsy got here. The mountain is dedicated to the pagan goddess Crom Dubh..

I hope I haven't sent you into depression.

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:09 pm
by Ygern
FXR wrote:
I hope I haven't sent you into depression.
I can't take it no more!
:shock:

Next thing you'll be saying that the Gospels were written by people who never actually met Jesus.

Wait a minute...

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:14 pm
by FXR
Ygern wrote:
FXR wrote: I hope I haven't sent you into depression.
I can't take it no more! :shock:

Next thing you'll be saying that the Gospels were written by people who never actually met Jesus.

Wait a minute...
You might as well know the whole truth about Patsy. This has been know in Ireland for centuries but we never tell anyone......

Patsy was originally kidnapped and forced to live up a big hill minding a flock of sheep. Eventually he escaped. He came back as soon as he could but.............not to convert the Irish. No, he was lookin for the sheep he'd fallen in love with. The preachin was just to pay his way.... Thats why he had the big bell and the crooked thing that fits around a sheeps neck! Honest!

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:22 pm
by Ygern
Well that's just put me off big hills for life. :(

Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:55 pm
by Colin
St. Patrick's Day is as much about religion as Santa Claus. It has almost become as secular as any holiday could.

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:02 am
by Ygern
Although not quite so crassly commercial as Christmas. Yet.

Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2008 12:12 am
by munsterdevil
Oh yeah I nearly forgot, but St. Patrick is also the patron saint of Nigeria

However in 'God's' name that came about.

Incidentally Guinness is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks in Nigeria and there is actually a Guinness brewery in Nigeria.

Now there is a coincidence!!! :o