St. elmos fire
Posted: 30 April 2007 05:49 AM   [ Ignore ]
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what is the origin of the word St. elmos fire?

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Posted: 30 April 2007 06:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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St. Elmo’s Fire has long served as an omen of heavenly intervention to sailors. The ancient Greeks termed a single jet of the fire, Helena, and a double jet, Castor and Pollux. It has also been known by the names St. Nicholas and St. Hermes, corpusante and Corpus Santos. The name of St. Elmo is attributed to an Italian derivation of Sant ‘Ermo or St. Erasmus (circa 300 A.D.), the patron saint of the early Mediterranean sailors challenging the powers of storm and sea in small sailing vessels.

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