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The White Stag

The White Stag

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White deer are actually just red deer that suffer from a genetic condition called leucism which reduces the amount of pigment in their hair. They do, however, play a large part in the myths and legends of many cultures. For instance, the ancient Celts believed that the White Stag would be spotted in a region where some taboo was being violated. Also, in Arthurian legend, it was a creature that no hunter could ever capture or kill. Christians associate the White Stag with Saint Eustace, a Roman general who converted to Christianity after seeing a vision of Jesus while hunting a white stag.

Another name for a stag is a hart. Numerous inns and taverns are called The White Hart. They will usually use the image of a White Stag on their signage.

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30.0" x 40.0"

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