All Snakes Day, St. Paddy’s and Modern Mythos

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Are you as tired of the St Paddy's debunkers as I am? While I support good history and scholarship, it seems like every holiday we have a parade of folks telling us to not be silly. Don't celebrate All Snakes Day because there is no historical basis. Don't enjoy turkey with your loved ones too much because of centuries old genocide. Don't whoop it up on the 21st because the shortest night of the year comes two weeks earlier.I'm not saying there isn't good and valuable information here. I … [Read more...]

Irish Snakes Survive and Thrive: All Snakes Day

The Irish love a good story. They are a lyric, storytelling people. Their storytelling tradition is full of the improbable, impossible and likely not quite so. So although I appreciate those whose commitment to veracity in historical matters leads them to be St. Paddy's Day debunkers each year, I feel they miss the point of the story of Padraig and the Snakes: it's a good story. What makes it even better is that in true Irish fashion, the story continues and evolves. The snakes survived.I … [Read more...]


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