I know there may be a chance that, by putting this under the category of mythology, I will be making some people displeased and insulted. I just want to say that mythologies does not mean something demeaning. Hindu is a religion that people believe in today, the Greek Pantheon was the leading religion of the time, and folklore are still stories that make a part of everyday life. Mythologies are just a set of stories and traditions that make up a major part of human culture. I love all stories and respect them greatly, whether or not I believe in them, and Christian, Ancient Greek, Islamic, Chinese, and Ancient Egyptian stories are all beautiful religious narratives that I want to share on this site. So with out bias, all will be titled as daily myths, whether or not they are believed in now-a-days or in the distant past, by a great majority or for thousands of years.
Today’s story will be really fun one from the Medieval Era: St. George and the Dragon!!!
- St. George is England’s patron saint
- The legend has been told a number of different ways (the one I tell is more similar to the one on this website: http://images.scholastic.co.uk/assets/a/20/a9/dragon-pcps-217327.pdf )
- He is seen as a hero who protested against Roman persecution of Christians
The legend begins in a distant place, some say Libya, in a town that was bedeviled by a dragon. Each day, two sheep were given to the dragon in order to mitigate the dragon’s anger. But when the sheep began to fail in appeasing him, young maidens were sent instead. A lottery was used to chose the sacrificial women, and one day, when almost all the maidens had been sacrificed, the King’s daughter Sabra was chosen.
As expected, the king was tormented with sorrow and begged his people to spare her in return for all his riches and half his kingdom. They refused, so Sabra was sent to the lake where the dragon went to receive his sacrifices. Saint George was told by an old hermit of the sacrifices, and Saint George became determined to save the Princess. That same day Saint George rode to the lake and saw the young princess. She warned him of the dragon, but he refused to leave. When the dragon came, Saint George attacked with his spear, but hitting against the dragon scales, the spear snapped. The dragon attempted to use his poison on St. George, but he was able to protect himself under an orange tree (some say it was enchanted). Protecting himself with the sign of the cross, Saint George wounded the dragon with a lance under its wing. Using the girdle of the princess, he captured the dragon.
Leading the princess and the dragon back to the town, he promised the people he would kill the dragon once they promised to become baptized Christians. The king built a church to Saint George and Virgin Mary and an alter raised whose waters cured all disease.
In an alternate ending, St. George fails in his initial confrontation with the dragon. After some praying, he melts down his amour into a box and locks away his fears and doubts giving him the ability to slay the dragon.
If you wish to know more about St. George, check out this website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/saints/george_1.shtml