The Odds of Ottopia
2004.01.14 18:46

Pat asks:
why was Napoleon's death embedded island so named Sainte Hélène ? any greek symbolism ? or just a mere coincidence of some shipper`s imagination ?

Steve replies:
Perfect question! The island was discovered by Portuguese on 21 May 1502. In our time, 21 May is the feast of St. Helena within the Greek Catholic calendar, while 18 August is the feast of St. Helena within the Roman Catholic calendar. So, one could somewhat assume that the Portuguese that discovered St. Helena where then using a Greek Catholic calendar. A case of somewhat informative symbolism?



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