Re: [Authentic_SCA] Patron saint of Tailors?
- More trivia (I love saint trivia!)
Leofwynn Marchaunt wrote:
>Personally, my favorite example is St. Agatha and bakers.IIRC, Agatha is also one of the patrons of bell founders, for pretty much the same reason -- the breasts on a platter somewhat resemble bells.
>The 'iconography' of St. Agatha - the thing that helps
>you identify her in paintings - was her holding her
>breasts on a platter. [There is other iconography
>associated with her but this is the one important
>to this trivial tale]. This was because she had her
>breasts cut off before being martyred [she was also
>miraculously healed before being killed]. So for St.
>Agatha you would paint, etc, a female saint [breasts
>and all] with breasts on a platter. Except that as
>time went on, the breasts got less realistic - and
>they weren't very realistically drawn to begin with
>anyway. So, at some point, the breasts got mistaken
>for rolls or buns. And thus, she became one of the
>patron saints of bakers.
>By similar logic, St. Barbara is patron saint ofAnd, as punishment, her father was killed by lightning -- so St. Barbara is also patron of just about anything else that goes "Boom!" <grin>
>artillerymen because her icon is a tower, because
>her father, according to legend, locked her in a
>tower to force her to marry rather than be a
Christian de H.
0 Chris Laning
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