Is anyone else unconvinced by the 'snakes represent paganism' and 'dragons represent paganism' claim? I've been reading it in books of popular folklore (and in other books) since I could read, but haven't seen any convincing evidence backing the claim. It has the appeal of portraying Christian missionary saints, and Christianity on the whole, as an overbearing invader that banished all the old magic from the world, a notion which I'm sure is attractive to folklorists. But is there any actual evidence that there is a connection? Isn't it enough that those figures credited with introducing Christianity and converting our populations were already known to have done just that, and any serpent-banishing and dragon-slaying is just aggrandizement? Is John Lambton ever credited with having banished paganism from County Durham? Just musing, really.
Irish Pagans were familiar with the concept of the Trinity through the Threefold Morrgan.
Morrigú! Morrigú! Morrigú!