You’ve probably heard of him via St. Anthony’s Fire. This soul-searching saint 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. You can imagine his frustration:
’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, 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. He is now Patron Saint of Pig Farmers, Swineherds and Butchers. And also Basket and Brush Makers.
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.
St. Anthony the Abbot Facts and Figures
Name: Anthony the Abbot
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Antony the Abbot, ANTHONY-OF-EGYPT
Birth and Death Dates: 251-356
Celebration or Feast Day: January 17th
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 481
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Article last revised on April 07, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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