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Also known as ANTHONY-OF-EGYPT

Patron Saint of Basket and Brush Makers, also Pig Farmers, Swineherds and Butchers

The soul-searching Saint who just wanted to be left alone with his visionary temptations at his hermit abode in Mount Pispir-on-the-Nile in Upper Egypt.

But all the world loves a hermit — admirers flocked from miles around and he just couldn't get rid of them. He even tried to barricade himself in but it was no use.

'Look — leave me alone.'
'Aw come on Tony — tell us about them wimmin' doin' all that flauntin' in front of your cave — showin' their naughty bits and doin' all that temptin'.
'Yeah — and them monsters — the big scaly ones with claws droolin' blood an' red beams comin' out their eyes and spittin' flames at you.'
'Oh — alright then — I won't get any peace until I do. You did bring a basket of stale bread for me didn't you?'

With a spiritual sigh, St Anthony spent the rest of his solitary hermitude surrounded by people. In fact, a thriving community sprang up around him and he was forced to found monasteries for them all. At least one of his followers, St HILARION-OF-GAZA, became a Saint too.

He was just too good. He healed people, he taught them, he counseled them, he advised them. On of his specialties was the miraculous healing of a nasty disease subsequently known as St Anthony's Fire. The usual cure was to apply pork fat to the afflicted areas; St Anthony used the spiritual equivalent but became associated with pigs nonetheless.

Note: St Anthony's Fire is a pestilential disease causing a red rash due to eating rye bread with a fungal infection. This sort of thing could also cause vivid hallucinations. Although not officially listed as such we also regard him as the Patron of Surrealism.

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Article last updated on 12 February 2009
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
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Location : Worldwide Christianity
Gender : Male
Type : Saint or Sage
Celebration or Feast Day : January 17th
Birth and Death Dates : 251-356
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ANTHONY-OF-EGYPT
Popularity index : 161

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