hagiology


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hagiology

1. literature concerned with the lives and legends of saints
2. 
a. a biography of a saint
b. a collection of such biographies
3. an authoritative canon of saints
4. a history of sacred writings
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In the hagiology of candomble, the gods of Guinea (the orixas) fuse with the Christian saints; Xango, Thunder God of the Yoruba, is identified with St Jerome, while his brother, Ogun, God of Blacksmiths, is merged with St Anthony.
This "ideological rewriting of history," in which the Norman King Richard is Anglicized, Ragussis contends, "recalls the way in which figures such as the patriarchs of Hebrew Scripture were 'assimilated' [by the early Church Fathers] into Christian hagiology as proto-Christians instead of Jews" (107).
His text is sheer hagiology and so full of errors that one can only hope it does not fall into a reference section by mistake.
Grubby the catalogues may be, but their existence is still a civilized feature, though an idiotic hagiology produces the ailments St Viper's Dance and St Fifer's Dance.