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St. David
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Religious Figure
    (500-589)
    Born in Caerfai, Wales
    Dewi Sant in Welsh
    Feast day is March 1
    Welsh bishop
    Patron saint of Wales, vegetarians and poets
    Venerated by Catholics, Anglicans and the Orthodox Church
    Often depicted standing on a hill with a dove on his shoulder
    He may have been conceived after his mother was raped.
    He consumed nothing but bread, water and herbs.
    He insisted his monks plough their fields without the help of animals.
    He also forbad them to own anything.
    He punished himself by reading the bible while standing in icy water.
    "Taffy," a derogatory nickname for a Welshman, is derived from his name.
    He helped spread Christianity throughout Wales.
    His monasteries feed and sheltered travellers and the poor.
    A hill was said to grow beneath his feet when a crowd he was preaching to had trouble seeing and hearing him.
    His churches were plundered by the Vikings and later Henry VIII's men.
    His final words ‘Do the little things in life’ became a popular Welsh saying.
    He advised soldiers to wear leeks to distinguish themselves from the enemy. As a result, leeks are worn on his feast day.

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