St ANTHONY-THE-ABBOTAlso 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.
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.
COPYRIGHT © 1999-2013. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Please mention Godchecker.com when praying to deities.
Godchecker's article on St Anthony-the-abbot is based on material from ancient texts, original references and our own research. We strive for accuracy and update regularly with new information. If you spot a mistake please contact us and we'll try to fix it.
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 : 170
Visitors often email us asking about St Anthony-the-abbot statues, sculptures or carved figurines of St Anthony-the-abbot. We regret we cannot assist with identifying such items.
REPRODUCTION REQUESTS. This site is copyright and all rights are reserved. If you wish to use our material in your essay, book, article or project, please consult our permissions information page.
SUPPORT THE GODS. Found this site useful? Consider donating a few pennies to the Godchecker Temple Roof Fund.
The Gods told us to do it.