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Saint Nicholas

Saint Nicholas was Bishop of Myra in Lykia in Turkey. His remains were carried to Bari so that he is called Saint Nicholas of Bari. He is one of the few Saints linked with the beginning of: Spring/Summer - Winter Hence is associated with three distinct sets of dates: 1) 8 May and sometimes 7-8-9 May 2) 5-6 December and 19 December Saint Nicholas is celebrated as Sinterklaas on 5 December in the Netherlands and as Sankt Nicholas or Nikiotag on 6 December in Germany and Austria. He has various other names throughout Europe and elsewhere in the world, e.g Sveti Nikola in Croatia. Saint Nicholas typically appears with an assistant (Knecht Ruprecht q.v. who has a variety of names). Cf. an older tradition of Yama and Citrasena (or Citragupta). It would appear that the three purses represented in pictures, came to be mistaken for the heads of three children and so they gave rise to the absurdstory of the children, resuscitated by the saint, who had been killed by an innkeeper and pickled in a brine-tub. http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=371 3) 25 December Saint Nicholas is celebrated as Santa Claus and Father Christmas on 25 December. Dragon Thunderer Vala Indra Veles Perun, Thunderer Saint Nicholas Saint Elias earth, water, substance (Veles) against heaven, fire, spirit (Perun). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veles_(god)
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