St. Patrick’s Day

IrishCall it my crusade, if you wish. Or an exercise in futility. I am trying to rid the Neo-Pagan community of misinformation, ignorance and that annoying victim mindset that has developed.

St. Patrick is held up as an evil villain among uneducated Neo-Pagans. A nefarious figure from history who, singlehandedly, exiled the Pagans from Ireland; the snakes of legend were personifications of the poor, peaceful Pagans…flitting about the greens of Ireland, picking shamrocks and cavorting with the little people. None of which is true, of course but don’t let the truth interfere with an opportunity to claim “victim.”

St. Patrick was actually a captive of those peaceful Pagans of olde. Taken during a raid and held in slavery for, at least, 6 years by whom? And well you may ask – it was those peaceful Pagans. In actuality, not peaceful at all. This was a warrior people, they killed, pillaged, raped and took into bondage. Same thing that was happening all over the world, during this tumultuous period of civilization. Eat or be eaten. Pillage or be pillaged.

St. Patrick escaped, was called to the church and felt that he had a duty to share the Christian faith with his captors in Eire. So off he went. He, apparently, did a pretty good job with the whole Christian P.R. thing. Ireland is now, predominately Catholic. There was no driving the Pagans into the sea. The early Irish came to Christianity, willingly. Apparently, life under the Irish warlords, of which there were many, wasn’t all shamrocks and pots ‘o’ gold.

St. Patrick’s Day is, at least in my city of Montreal, totally non-sectarian. It has turned into a rite of Spring over here; a parade, much drinking and partying. No connection to Christianity at all. A lot of Montrealers have Irish roots and this allows us to celebrate the sacrifices made by our ancestors upon arriving in this new land. St. Patrick’s Day is nothing more than a banner under which a lot of Irish shenanigans are performed.

For a “not bad” biography of the man, visit http://www.biography.com/people/st-patrick-9434729?page=1

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3 responses to “St. Patrick’s Day

  1. Colleen

    I hear ya! And like many others of Irish descent, I will be enjoying a good time on March 17. It has nothing to do with religion, but it is a celebration of Irish heritage. Times change.. and way back then..it was a violent time, life was held in little regard, no matter who you were. Death and violence were a way of life.. From our view, it was monsterous..but culturally, back then..it was the norm.

    The Irish have risen from many difficult things, many of Irish heritage trace it back to Scotland and the days of Culloden, many Irish emigrated to Canada and the US under very difficult circumstances.. and not only survived but thrived.. we celebrate that.. and honour those who came before us.

    • And one more thing regarding all this “Poor Irish Pagans” thing? It makes the entire Neo-Pagan community look stupid, uneducated, willfully ignorant. Was an amendment made to the definition of Neo-Pagan and I missed it? Have education and pursuit of knowledge been prohibited?

  2. Yes the burden of the Irish, you see after Ireland was almot Christian the had an annoying habit of putting Priests into round boats, and setting them off on a voyage. They ended up preaching to the Cornish who believed them beccause they arrived in Cornwall on stones……. And yes pagans were not overly inclined to be layabouts who wrote sonnets and beat their swords into plows. That is why there are so many pre christian forts all over the world…… It did of course allow men to marry women they didn’t know quite yet, hardly a practice we would consider today…… of course it is very hard to find a good job pillaging today, unless of course you are a politician.

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