|St. Justus photo: tamisuitdekunst|
|Saint Denis, a martyr turned legend in Montmartre photo: studiosparis|
Christian saints are not the only ones whose head has survived after being separated from the body in Celtic culture there are fixated on this side of the body, and some stories before Celtic Christians evoked also the subject, what makes us inquire story of these Christians took as inspiration the elements of Celtic culture? Or arose independently? Christian saints are not the only cases. In ancient Greek myth, Orpheus's head separated from the body by maenads (trace priestesses of Dionysus), he continued to send prophets. Welsh legends is found also this idea.
It is tempting to believe that the legend of Justus is closely linked to Celtic culture, especially the Celtic winter holidays are likened to Christmas. But art historian Scott Montgomery has studied this issue and found a number of legends that had the same theme and, potriivit him, signifies the power of the saints after death and locates them in a position of superiority, divinizându them. In his view, there is absolutely no connection between Celtic culture and legends of saints Christians, and why they made this connection lies in the geographical distance between the two kinds of legends and circumstances in which they were running. "We have no evidence that anyone knows these legends Celtic, who are isolated from the western part of the British Isles before this practice to occur in Italy or France. The place where this method appeared not related to the legends have appeared, "he said.
There oo clear proof to the fact that Celtic culture, which spread to Europe and the British Isles until held the Roman conquest, several hundred years before the first millennium AD to begin, there was a also fixated on the head separated from the body. However, the evidence on Celtic religious culture are extremely fragile, and scientists have become increasingly skeptical about how these legends can give us valuable information about past Celtic culture.
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