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St. Patrick’s Day: Why He Slaughtered the Druids and Why Irish People Act Like Drunken Monkeys on this Holiday

St. Patrick’s Day: Why He Slaughtered the Druids and Why Irish People Act Like Drunken Monkeys on this Holiday

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History of St. Patrick's Day
History of St. Patrick's Day

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Published by: Michelle Ewens on Mar 16, 2011
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St. Patricks Day: Why He Slaughtered the Druids and Why IrishPeople Act Like Drunken Monkeys on this Holiday 
St. Patrick was born around 450 AD on the Scottish border. His father was aChristian Roman soldier and his mother was a native British woman. Only two of his letters survive telling details about his life. When he was fourteen to sixteenyears old, he was taken into captivity in Ireland by the Irish raiders in Britain; hetended cattle for more than six years. In this time of captivity, he drew closer toGod before finally escaping on a trading ship. He returned years later to spreadCatholicism throughout Ireland while destroying the Druids who resisted Romanand British rule in Ireland. Because he believed so strongly in the CatholicChurch, he thought that anyone who was not Christian had to become one in order to be ³saved´. Those who resisted were slaughtered in the Christian holy wars of Gaul.
 
 The Irish people at that time were happy and doing quite well. However, St.Patrick was insistent that the Pagan Celts convert to Christianity. He noticed thatthe Druids were the most powerful people of the Celts, so he figured that if hecould convert them, then the rest of the people would follow. When the Druidsrefused to be bribed by the Romans, this angered the rulers of the Catholic Church.St. Patrick declared that he would drive all of the snakes out of Ireland. ³Snakes´was a metaphor for the Druids.
 
 Since the Druids did not write their teachings down, all we know about them iswas handed down to us by the Romans. It was often said that the Celts wereheathens who could not read or write, but they did know how to read and write inGreek. While they didn¶t write down the secret teachings of the Druids, they wereexpected to memorize the knowledge. Julius Caesar had this to say about theDruids:
The Druids usually hold aloof from war, and do not pay war-taxeswith the rest; they are excused from military service and exempt from all liabilities. Tempted by these great rewards, many young men assemble of their own motion to receive their training; manyare sent by parents and relatives. Report says that in the schools of the
Druids
they learn by heart a great number of verses, and therefore some persons remain twenty years in training. And theydo not think it proper to commit these utterances to writing,although in almost all other matters, and in their private and public accounts, they make use of Greek letters. I believe that theyhave adopted the practice for two reasons ± that they do not wishthe rule to become common property, nor those who learn the ruleto rely on writing and so neglect the cultivation of the memory;and, in fact, it does usually happen that the assistance of writing tends to relax the diligence of the student and the action of thememory. The cardinal doctrine which they seek to teach is that souls do not die, but after death pass from one to another; and thisbelief, as the fear of death is thereby cast aside, they hold to be thegreatest incentive to valour. (Caesar The Gallic War VI.13-14)

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