S. Worthen (owlfish) wrote,
S. Worthen
owlfish

Saints, and other days

Approximately a year ago, I visited double0hilly in Paris and took photos of windmill-related things there as part of the easterbunny 2007 LJ Collection Challenge. I have a new project this year, involving documenting things related to a particular saint. As I want to stand a chance at actually being able to do the challenge, I've gone with the most obvious saint-of-the-day for July 25th, St. James Apostle.

Poll #1203157 Saints, gods, and other events

But if I could feasibly choose a different saint, god, or other festival, which should it be? There are so many good options!

Furinalia (Roman festival in honor of the goddess of robbers)
5(15.6%)
Inca festival in honor of the thunder god Ilyap'a
1(3.1%)
Ebernoe Horn Fair in Sussex (involves sheep-roasting, cricket, and thunderstorms)
7(21.9%)
Day of St. Cucufas, also known as Cougat, whose name may be of Phoenician origin and means "he who likes to joke"; unsuccessfully (thanks to divine intervention) roasted alive after being seasoned with salt and vinegar
5(15.6%)
Translation of Saint Julian of Le Mans, bishop of Le Mans, confessor (and whose place-name may have some impact on our kitchen design)
1(3.1%)
Saint Christopher, patron saint of travellers; said in the Golden Legend to be 18 feet tall.
5(15.6%)
Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary (Eastern calendar)
0(0.0%)
Eupraxia of Tabenna (Eastern calendar only; she has such a great name)
1(3.1%)
Olympiada the Deaconess, of Constantinople (Eastern calendar; a strong fifth-century woman who sent her coffin out to sea for post-death adventures)
7(21.9%)


Bonus factoids:
- Ilyap'a kept his rainwater in a jug, which he topped up by dipping into the Milky Way.
- St. Julian mystically created a fresh-water spring for the drought-ridden Gauls, which converted them to Christianity.
- Eupraxia was accident-prone, falling down wells, getting a splinter in her eye, and cutting herself in the leg with an axe.

Correction: Cougat had pepper, not salt, apparently.
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