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On Radio 4 a while ago there was a debate about patron saints and nationalism, and if it was a healthy thing.  One of the guests said they thought Saint George’s day was a good opportunity for different communities to celebrate in England, as Saint George himself represented inclusiveness as he was born in Turkey, and (according to Wikipedia) is the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow.

Here goes then!

“This painting of a religious procession was done in the 19th century in Ethiopia by an unknown artist.  It shows St George riding above the procession on a white horse. You can read about it in more detail on The British Museum’s website.  St George is one of the most important saints in Ethiopia. Paintings of him were taken into battle ahead of the Ethiopian army to give them victory.”

© The British Museum (this version of the was text taken from Show Me website).

Happy Saint George’s Day!

Photograph © Shawn Naphtali Sobers 2010

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