While the saints themselves are Catholic today, their rituals have a decidedly Pagan flair. Offerings are left by devotees, and the entire process has a mystical quality about it.
Ray's project also focused on how these early saints fared during the Protestant reformation and earlier Anglo-Norman efforts to replace all female saints with the Virgin Mary. It's an interesting look at how traditions have managed to survive, albeit in different forms, throughout the centuries.
Like all NatGeo articles, the photos are spectacular as well, so be sure to scroll through the image wheel at the top of the article.
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