Talk:Cynocephaly

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Christian Mythology category[edit]

This article was wrongly categorized as Christian mythology. "Cynocephaly" is no genuine Christian lore but first reported (I think) by Ktesias. As such it features in various tales throughout Greek-Roman-European history but it is no more Christian than, say, the choice of Paris. Wetman has reverted me by the lapidar "Christopher is Christian". This is true, once you have taken the trouble of trying to understand that edit summary, but of no importance as a) the article is not about Christopher but about Cynocephaly, and b) a saint may have legends associated with him but is not part of mythology. Str1977 (smile back) 09:47, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

Eastern orthodox Christian[edit]

This article wrongly implies that the legend of Cynocephaly (especially in the case of St. Christopher) is a supported legend by the Christian church. The Orthodox Christian church DOES NOT support this legend and the fact that the dog-headed images might be from 'icons' of the Eastern Orthodox church does not automatically assume that this is the POSITION of the church on the matter. 210.0.99.5 (talk) 02:15, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

uk tv show[edit]

It expires Tuesday and only available in the UK but this programme is all about the doghead myth in medieval Europe. Thanks, SqueakBox 19:42, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Augustine[edit]

To say that Augustine 'reported on the Cynocephalae' is misleading, suggesting he credulously believed in their existence. He did mention them (City of God Book XVI Chapter 8), but in that same passage he says "But we are not bound to believe all we hear of these monstrosities." (The thrust of his argument is that any humans, however strange in shape, must be descended from Adam; but he leaves open the possibility that the Cynocephali and similar races of travelers' tales might a) not exist or b) not be human - "if they are embraced in that definition of man as rational and mortal animals, unquestionably trace their pedigree to that one first father of all. We are supposing these stories about various races who differ from one another and from us to be true; but possibly they are not ... Wherefore, to conclude this question cautiously and guardedly, either these things which have been told of some races have no existence at all; or if they do exist, they are not human races; or if they are human, they are descended from Adam.") 128.194.250.106 (talk) 12:51, 4 October 2010 (UTC)