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HOW ST. PATRICK DEFEATED THE DRUIDS ON HIS COMING
TO IRELAND:
IN PRE-LITERATE CELTIC SOCIETY, THE DRUIDS POWER
WAS DERIVED LARGELY FROM THEIR VERBAL SKILLS.
PATRICK OFFERED TO WEIGH THE WORD OF HIS LORD (JESUS)
AGAINST THE WORDS OF THE DRUIDS. THEN HE PRODUCED A
BALANCE SCALE AND PUT A BIBLE IN ONE OF THE PANS.
THE DRUIDS, UNABLE TO PRODUCE BOOKS, LOST AND IRELAND
WAS ON THE ROAD TO CHRISTIANITY.

Where learned: WALES ; ABERYSTWYTH

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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