Christophoros in Frankenberg’s’ Via Veterum’.
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The legend of St. Christopher is a very good example of ancient hermetism going ‘ridding the tiger’ of the dominant culture that made it go ‘underground’ to protect its integrity. The ‘saints’ of Christianity are a vibrant testimony of this process of how a hegemonic and dominant culture ‘digest’ pre-existing cultures. It is the same with so many symbols that we now know mainly through their ‘post-digestion’ phase, like the pelican, for instance, which is mainly known for its cristo-centric symbology (see our post about the pelican). To the Christian communities, St. Christopher is the patron of travelers and is being prayed for safe passage and journey. The hierarchy of the Roman Catholics is not unanimous about St. Christopher, whose ‘public’ presence per se appeared consistently in the late Middle Age. It name, Christopher is the English version of a Europe-wide name derived…
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