Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pig Man

This quote from a wikipedia article about a religious figure is relevant in our discussions here about the mysticism of Jan Cox. It is relevant because of the etymology of Swithin, Jan said that if you did not understand the etymology of a word you did not understand the word. I point to the meaning of pig man for this saint. It may reflect a genuine apprehension of what is necessary to continue on the path Jan Cox pointed to.

Swithun (or SwithinOld EnglishSwīþhūn; died c. 862) was an Anglo-Saxon bishop of Winchester and subsequently patron saint of Winchester Cathedral. His historical importance as bishop is overshadowed by his reputation for posthumous miracle-working. According to tradition, the weather on his feast day (15 July) will continue for forty days. The precise meaning and origin of St Swithin's name is unknown, but it is largely considered to mean 'Pig Man'.[1] Another possible meaning is "strong".

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