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The Tale of the Toad and the Bearded Female Saint

Written by: Sarah Laskow
Narrated by: Mike DelGaudio
Length: 4 mins

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Of all the regions where little toad sculptures were placed as offerings at Christian holy sites, southern Germany was the most enduring—extending from the medieval period through to the 19th century. But at one time, women in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Italy all brought small toad votives, made of wax, wood, or metal, to the shrines of certain saints to request holy intercession in matters of childbirth.

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