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In fact, it was Dragó himself who directed in Pontevedra, that same year, a congress dedicated entirely to this character under the auspices of the Menéndez Pelayo University Courses, and who has most helped to sketch a portrait of such a dark historical protagonist .

Thus, according to Dragó, Prisciliano was “the visible head of a nomadic herd of preachers who vindicated fasting, free love, ecstasy, white magic, the corpus hermeticum of the Alexandrian Gnostics (…), freedom of interpretation. of sacred texts, emanistic and naturalistic pantheism, the use of psychedelic methods and substances, community life, equality between men and women, inequality between people and homunculi – and in general terms – the eternal return to the original Christianity and the progressive ascent towards untouchable forms of existence ».

His doctrines, his way of thinking and acting never fit the times in which he lived … and that cost him his life. In fact, his definitive biography has yet to be written, which will surely be as exciting as an adventure novel and where it will be possible to verify the great importance that this character had in our particular history of Compostela.

In 378 Higinio, then bishop of Córdoba, seriously warned about the danger of a certain Prisciliano in the lands of Lusitania. It was interesting for this black image to circulate of someone – as Sulpicio Severo would later refer – it was believed that, from his youth, he practiced magic. At least one thing we know for sure about him: Prisciliano settled in Roman Gallaecia until in 380 a council in Zaragoza condemned him as a heretic and forced him to abandon his stronghold of followers and leave for Rome to ask the Pope for clemency.

When the Emperor Maximus condemned Prisciliano to be executed as guilty of maleficium — witchcraft — two clergymen, Felicissimo and Armenio, died with him; his well-to-do friend Eucrocia (also called Agape), the widow of Delfidio, and Latroniano, a Christian poet of sufficient renown to be included in Saint Jerome’s Lives of Illustrious Men. After his execution, far from being forgotten, both his figure and his doctrine soon reached unexpected levels of popularity. Sulpicio Severo writes: “His followers, who had previously honored him as a saint, later began to worship him as a martyr … Furthermore, swearing by Prisciliano was then considered the supreme oath.”

This is how, according to all the evidence we have, in the year 388 his remains were collected from the church of Trier and placed in a stone sarcophagus that was in turn carried in a boat to the Galician coast. From that moment, a cult arises that in the 9th century overlaps with that of the Apostle Santiago …

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