Pagans, Polytheists, and St Patrick’s Day
by Sionnach Gorm
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How do we, as devout polytheists, reconcile the historic reality that our ancestors (at some point in the 5th-6th century CE and with no evidence of coercion) chose to turn to a god of bells and tonsures, of monks and scriptures, of Rome and the Papacy? Why would they “abandon” the gods of their ancestors, and choose this newfangled Christ and his missionaries?
If the tales are to be believed, it is because the representatives of the new god talked a better game, and worked superior wonders. They followed in a pattern which would have been the very basis of the Irish identity in the medieval period: they came, they saw, they conquered.
Well, sort of.
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