Thursday, June 12, 2008

More things hirsute

Saint Onuphrius (also called Onofrio, Onophry and even Humphrey) died in the year 400 after spending seventy years as a hermit in Upper Egypt, living exclusively on dates which grew nearby his cave. During that time he wore only “his own abundant hair” and a few judiciously placed leaves. (For more on hair, see Saint Wistan's ) Among the many books written about him and his miracles, the one which most appeals to me, based solely on its title, is Oriental Affinities of the Legend of the Hairy Anchorite, by C.A. Williams.

Painting by Giovanni-battista Carraciolo

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