Sunday, December 27, 2009
Updated on MFS - Strange But True - Things / Other 12 .
Holy Dog and Dog headed Saint.
Saint Guinefort was a 13th century French dog that received local veneration as a saint after miracles were reported at his grave.
The condition of cynocephaly, having the head of a dog — or of a jackal— is a widely attested legendary phenomenon existing in many different forms and contexts. The word is taken from Latin cynocephalus "dog-head", which derives from Greek: κῠνοκέφᾰλοι.
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, certain icons covertly identify Saint Christopher with the head of a dog. The background to the dog-headed Christopher is laid in the reign of the Emperor Diocletian, when a man named Reprebus, Rebrebus or Reprobus (the "reprobate" or "scoundrel") was captured in combat against tribes dwelling to the west of Egypt in Cyrenaica.Read more about it on MFS.
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