While casual visitors are not generally allowed on the island, yearly pilgrimage to the site continues to this day where devout worshipers come in droves to take a three-day sojourn of contemplation, fasting, and barefoot prayer, touted as “the toughest in all of Europe, perhaps even in the whole Christian world.”
Saint Patrick was a fifth-century British born Christian missionary and bishop, known as the primary patron saint of Ireland. One of the most famous legends recounts how this great 5th century saint banished all of the snakes from Ireland. We know the pagans of Ireland as the Druids, and their symbol was … the snake.
Robert Sepehr is an anthropologist and author
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