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Saint Guinefort of Burgundy by Velouriah Saint Guinefort of Burgundy by Velouriah
Somewhere back in 13th century france, there lived a knight who had a greyhound. One day he went hunting, and left his newborn son to be watched over by the dog. When he came home, he found the room in chaos, the cot overturned, and the dog with blood on his jaws.
Horrified, he drew his sword and slew the beast.
Then he heard the wails of his child...Under the overturned cot the boy lay unhurt, along with the blooded body a poisonous viper, killed by Guinefort, the faithful dog.
Guilt struck, he dropped de dog in a well in a forest, and on this place a peculiar cult sprung up.
Parents would leave sickly children they believed to be changelings here, hoping for their real children to be returned. This did not always end well and the official church tried to end the worship. But in spite of this, the dog saint cult persisted well into the 20th century.


This is part 2 of a 7 part series of lino cuts of unusual saints. I didn't make these up, they are all real "people's" saints, though not all of them approved by "Rome". I'm afraid the scanner isn't doing them any favours.
And by the way, I'm not catholic, I'm just having an interest.
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Prairiehobo Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Hi my name is Martin and I love this Painting! I have 3 Greyhounds and have loved this unorthodox saint for a long time partly because there has long been an effort by the catholic church to stop the mythos of it.
I was wantin to ask if you would mind if I used the image for a Tattoo?
Let me know if you are ok with this?
Thanks
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Velouriah Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Gosh, I just found out that Deviantart has a feedback feature. Thank you for your comment, and yeah, fascinating stuff. It's somewhere on the edge of regular religion and something much older and more magical.
I hope your tattoo worked out great, and I'm perfectly ok with this, in fact I am proud!
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