Wise Up Journal
The following article published by the Irish Independent is an example of how histories are distorted and rewritten in favour of the reigning system. In this case how a Roman Britain-born man with a foreign religion and his well-armed men came on to these shores and did physical battle with the native Irish Crum Cruich (dubbed “snakes”) wiping out their belief system. Later he was written in to the history books as the ‘patron saint of Ireland’, and every year we celebrate how he wiped the snakes of the face of our map.
From the Irish Independent article Brendan Scott of Cavan County Museum explains, “We have the Kilcluggin Stone which is part of the original Crum Cruich idol. When Saint Patrick came along it was covered in gold and would have stood in the centre. Surrounding it were 12 smaller stones which were covered in silver.” The article does not explain what these gold and silver stones represent. The larger gold stone in the middle represented the sun and the 12 smaller silver stones represented the 12 months of the zodiac. This shines a light on the Crum Cruich as an intellectual culture (or having an intellectual elite at the top) instead of wild barbarians. The Crum Cruich could have been “evil pagans” but we might never know as always when a military force wipes out a culture the winners write the history demonising the previous one, like the British empire has always done or like what is happening to Muslims today or the American Indians before and it is no different when it comes to the ancient Irish. Read the following article from the Irish Independent to see that Patrick was no real Saint.
By Tom Prendiville
According to Irish lore, Saint Patrick scattered the serpents and drove them into the sea, though most naturalists are convinced that larger reptiles were never part of our fauna.
Now it’s emerged that the myth may have come about because of a too-literal translation of an ancient sixth century text called the Dinnshenchas.
The text carries an account of a sect called the Crom Cruich, who used the symbolism of the snake.
In time, Crom Cruich eventually became a powerful force in Ireland, whose followers used the snake as their symbol. And herein may lie the real story about Saint Patrick driving out the snakes
“Crom Cruich which literally means bloody crescent, was a pagan site of worship near the village of Ballymagauran in County Cavan. It’s exact location was in the plain of Mag Sleact, which translates into the field of adoration. At its entrance was a large megalithic standing stone which was surrounded by 12 smaller upright lintels. So in a sense it looked like Stonehenge in England.”
“The Crom Cruich cult were very bloodthirsty with the faithful expected to sacrifice their first born in his honour to assure a successful harvest. The annual slaughter took place on the pagan feast of Samhain, on November 1, each year,” explains historian, Thomais Moriarty, who specialises in pre-Christian Ireland.
It’s recounted in the text that Saint Patrick marched on the place with a band of well-armed missionaries, mocked its demons, blessed the place afterwards and then destroyed the site.
“By all accounts, a major battle took place, but Patrick and his well-armed followers won the day.
“The event is recorded in the 6th century Dinnshenchas text, otherwise known as the Book of Leinster,” adds Thomas Moriarty.
According to Brendan Scott of Cavan County Museum, a standing stone which stood at the entrance to the site was destroyed but the Crom Cruich idol is still in existence: “We have the Kilcluggin Stone which is part of the original Crum Cruich idol. When Saint Patrick came along it was covered in gold and would have stood in the centre. Surrounding it were 12 smaller stones which were covered in silver. There is a rath (fort) at the top of a hill near Ballyconnell in west Cavan called Derryrath, and I reckon that was the original site where Saint Patrick had the battle and destroyed the idol,” explains Brendan Scott.