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- Category: Site News
- Published on Sunday, 21 April 2013 14:05
- Written by akaPending
i3t here introducing a special new writer to the site we like to call akaPending! Seeing as I covered Saint Paddy she's decided to cover good ol' Saint George in honour of it being his day this week! Enjoy!
I love variations on a theme. Call it conscientious coherence or just plain lack of inspiration, either way, I’m going to continue on the topic of our venerable patron saints. The first one has been done for you.... taking a sneak peek at i3t’s summation of the most popular of the British Isles’ saints: good old Paddy, I thought I’d be ever the alternative and opt for good ol’ St George. The once dragon fighter knight, now more racist symbol, just what is the history behind Geo and how has his patronage and its associations changed in more recent times?
A lot of us probably don’t even know when St George’s Day is. You do now: the 23rd of April. Eerily coinciding with the birth (and possibly death) day of one of our other great founding fathers (I’m starting to sound a bit American here....) Bill Shakespeare. Even more coincidentally, my birthday. I clearly have the literary gene ;)
So, what are the origins of George? What did he do, besides the ever reliable tales of dragon-slaying, that made us hold him so dear?
Well, it’s doubtful that he slayed/ slew (take your pick) any dragons. Crocodiles perhaps and I suppose for some, that’s close enough. It would appear that, according to legend, villagers in Greece were held to ransom of their waterhole by a particularly nasty snapper and thought there to be no better way to appease the tyrant than offering lambs and sneaking water while the animal ate. What do you do if you have no lambs? Why, offer a maiden, of course. Passing the village during a time of particular lamb famine, George witnessed the abhorrent practice and swept the maiden away to safety. Not quite wrestling a mythical, fire-eating monster to a grizzly death but noteworthy all the same.
So we have: he’s Greek. He kills crocs.
He was, as all patrons, devoutly pious. So much so, that when he was asked to denounce Christianity publicly in favour of ‘God’s’ Greco-Roman pagan counterparts, he refused and was flagellated to the point of unconsciousness and resuscitated a whopping 3 times. Upon further refusal, not to be embarrassed, the emperor decided to have George beheaded and it is for this that he gained his martyrdom.
He doesn’t even have the honour of his own vexellogical derivation (I never thought I’d write that sentence) He stole the striking ‘blood on purity’ design from that other revered Christian saint, St Ambrose.
These days however, it’s often considered a symbol of shrouded racism to fly the St George (St Ambrose) flag. We picture ‘Brits abroad’, flannel wearing, bulldog dragging lager louts who don’t know the meaning of a Bank Holiday as it’s negated by the fact that every day is a holiday but bang on about how St George’s Day should be one any way.
Is this a fair consequence for our patron saint? Well, he didn’t kill any dragons and nicks people’s flags so the jury’s out.