St Nicholas The Wonderworkers Analysis

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In terms of favorites, many Russian peasants idolized Nicholas the Wonderworker because of his agricultural powers. Peasants, as we know by now, heavily depended on agriculture for their survival. In legend #8, you can see how much higher regards the peasant had for Saint Nicholas than he did the Elijah the Prophet. To summarize the events of the story, Saint Nicholas guided the peasant to embrace Elijah as much as he had embraced him. He did so by remembering to burn a candle for him (it was even bigger than Saint Nicholas), thanking him for how merciful he was to him. The pre-Christian belief of polytheism is reflected and even emphasized in the moral of the story. Like Ivanits says: “Nicholas was considered a potent power against evil spirits
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