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Unformatted text preview: Ireland really never had snakes -- it’s a matter of how it’s interpreted. I always thought of the shamrock to be a symbol of luck, like the four leaf clover, but the shamrock was really used to highlight the Christian belief of “the three divine in the one God.” Even if these legends weren’t true, his is still a way of spreading the belief of Christianity. Lastly, we can’t credit St. Patrick with solely reforming Ireland into a Christian nation, mainly because there isn’t any evidence. Some people such as T.F. O’Rahilly suggests that there were two Patricks, suggesting one being Palladius, a deacon from Gaul. The mission of St. Patrick and his work could be contributed to Palladius, but later attached to St. Patrick. Patrick is supposed to be buried under the Down Cathedral, though this has never been proven, like a lot of his life....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course RLST 3000 taught by Professor Valeta during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.
- Spring '07