Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Did St. Patrick rid Ireland of snakes?


Do some research and find out for yourself if the man credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland also rid the island of all serpents.  In order to get the extra credit for this one, you MUST cite the source you got it from.  If you got it from a book, mention the name and author of the book.  If you got it from a website, you have to COPY and PASTE the web address in your comment.  To be eligible for extra credit, this must be posted by Wednesday, February 2 to this blog entry.


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9 comments:

  1. I have found informaton about this topic.

    Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. Sometime back in the fifth century he stood on a hill, the story goes, and used a staff to herd the slithering creatures into the sea, banishing them for eternity. It's true, aside from zoos and pets, there are no snakes on the emerald isle. In fact, there never were any snakes in Ireland. This state of affairs probably has more to do with the vagaries of geography than any neat tricks performed by St. Patty.
    Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. Sometime back in the fifth century he stood on a hill, the story goes, and used a staff to herd the slithering creatures into the sea, banishing them for eternity. It's true, aside from zoos and pets, there are no snakes on the emerald isle. In fact, there never were any snakes in Ireland. This state of affairs probably has more to do with the vagaries of geography than any neat tricks performed by St. Patty.
    Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. Sometime back in the fifth century he stood on a hill, the story goes, and used a staff to herd the slithering creatures into the sea, banishing them for eternity. It's true, aside from zoos and pets, there are no snakes on the emerald isle. In fact, there never were any snakes in Ireland. This state of affairs probably has more to do with the vagaries of geography than any neat tricks performed by St. Patty.
    There never were any snakes in Ireland and there are still no snakes that are native to Ireland to this very day! The snakes that the legend refers to are the people of the celtic religions.

    I found all this information on yahoo answers and if they know the answer is right then so do I.

    -Nick Santos-Ramirez Period 5

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  2. Sorry Mr. Ippolito I didn't put the web adress-

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=1006022012984

    There you go.

    -Nick Santos-Ramirez Per 5

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  3. Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. Sometime back in the fifth century he stood on a hill, the story goes, and used a staff to herd the slithering creatures into the sea, banishing them for eternity. It's true, aside from zoos and pets, there are no snakes on the emerald isle. In fact, there never were any snakes in Ireland. This state of affairs probably has more to do with the vagaries of geography than any neat tricks performed by St. Patty.
    So where did the myth of St. Patrick and the snakes come from? Most scholars agree that snakes symbolize paganism, which St. Patrick is also credited for banishing from Ireland. Snakes as symbols of evil are prevalent throughout Judeo-Christian mythology, most notoriously in the Garden of Eden as a tempter of Eve.

    Source: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/ReptilesAmphibians/NewsEvents/irelandsnakes.cfm

    Author of the Article:Jill Locantore

    -Noelle Min per.5

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  4. The legend of st patrick is said that st patrick drove all the snakes away from ireland in the 4th century. But according to www.suite101.com, it says that there were never any snakes in ireland, and that the climate in ireland was inhospitable to snakes until 10,000 years ago.

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  5. sorry forgot to put the web adress. Article by Paula I. Nielson

    Source: http://www.suite101.com/search.cfm?q=how+did+st+patrick+clear+ireland+of+snakes&Submit.x=7&Submit.y=7

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  6. Ian Woodworth Period 5January 27, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Umm...did anyone look at the link in the textbook on page 392???

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  7. Michaela Banyi per.6January 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    People have said that St.Patrick got rid of all snakes. In the legend, St.Patrick stamped his staff on the ground to get rid of all the snakes in Ireland. Scientist did research and they found that snakes haven't lived in Ireland since there was icebergs around the island. Before Christianity came to Ireland, the Hungarian tribe the Druids the leading religious figures in Ireland. One of the Druid's symbols was the snake. For the Christians the snake symbol ment the devil. The snakes that were sent from the
    island were the Druids.

    The website I went on is: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/169787/the_truth_about_st_patrick.html?cat=74

    Published by L. Vincent Poupard

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  8. The "snakes" where never really in Ireland. But that is not to say that saint Patrick didn't do something like that. What he did do was drive out the pagan religions. The reason snakes got involved was because the leaders had big snake tattoos on them and the religions were represented by snakes. Soon, the link fell under the mists of time, and people started to believe that he drove out the snakes.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-weigant/saint-patrick-and-the-sna_b_503252.html

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  9. samantha garcia period 2January 31, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    According to: http://txtwriter.com/onscience/articles/patsnakes.html Ireland was freezing cold because of glaciers in Europe. Snakes would have never been able to withstand the coldness. Therefore, snakes never were really in Ireland. After the glaciers, it formed a river. So people suppose that snakes could now get into Ireland but snakes can not migrate across the wathttphttp But according to ://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100317103141AA60uEi the reason why they got this myth is because apparently St. Patrick tried converting the goddess worshippers to his religion but it did not work so he forced them all out of Ireland. Apparently, the snakes represented the goddesses which became the myth that St. Patrick drove the snakes our of ireland.

    -----samantha garcia....period::2-----(:

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