Saturday, January 17, 2009

St Anthony of the Desert

St Anthony of the Desert was a Christian hermit. He lived a life of great austerity. Legend has it that the Devil tried to tempt him, taking many different forms - among them a pig or hog, representing sensuality. ( We always thought it was to tempt him away from his fast! ).
Anthony resisted temptation and thus is often represented in works of art with a pig next to him. On his feast day we traditionally eat pork...Well, on or near the feast day...Maybe some time this week? Perhaps pork satay sticks...

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