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May 12 — Day of the Nine Martyrs. Eleven healing herbs — from 77 wounds

CrimeaPRESS reports:

May was considered the day of healers and healings. It was said that today all conspiracies work most effectively.

In particular, they treated people affected by fevers. There was a legend:

  • before creating man, God drew his silhouette on the sand, but then the Devil appeared and did it in the figure 77 holes in the form of wounds. And then God told the unclean that he would create 11 healing herbs from 77 wounds. Therefore, according to popular beliefs, a person can get 77 diseases and for each of them he will find a remedy. However, it was very important to collect the plants at a certain time, following some rules. May is the very day when it was possible to collect plants and prepare drugs based on them.

The Church today honors the memory of the nine martyrs. Their names are Theognis, Rufus, Antipater, Theostichus, Artem, Magnus, Theodotus, Fawmasius and Philemon. All of them defended the teachings of Christ at the end of the 3rd century AD. in the city of Cyzicus, which is located in Asia Minor on the banks of the Dardanelles (the territory of present-day Turkey). For their beliefs, they were cruelly executed.

As for weather signs:

  • The sunrise is bright and clear — the summer will be warm.
  • Starry sky at night

May — to a rich harvest.

  • Ants are moving to a dry place today — it will rain soon.
  • There are many May beetles — wait for the drought.
  • Oriole’s cry resembles a cat’s — soon it will rain. )
  • The birch spread its leaves before the alder — there will be a drought in summer, and vice versa.
  • Lightning before the rain 12 May — precipitation will go on for a long time.
  • Name days are now celebrated: Arseny, Artyom, Vasily, Ivan, Fedot.
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