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There are several saints or martyrs named Boniface; two of them in connection with viticulture are:

Boniface of Tarsus

Boniface of Tarsus († around 306) was born in Rome and was canonised. The name means "the benefactor". Until the 19th century he was also called Boniface in German. He was not originally a Christian, but was sent to find relics of Christian martyrs in the region around Tarsus and bring them back to Rome. In Tarsus in Cilicia in present-day Turkey, he had to witness the horrors of the persecution of Christians under Emperor Galerius (250-311). Impressed that those tortured to death nevertheless did not waver in their faith, he was baptised and publicly confessed his faith, for which he suffered martyrdom and death by boiling pitch. According to tradition, his companions brought his body back to Rome, where he was buried on the Via Latina. The picture in the middle shows scenes from the life of Boniface - baptism as a pagan (top) and martyrdom (bottom). Boniface is one of the four or five ice saints, his day of commemoration is 14 May (Orthodox 19 December). In this context, there are two country sayings:

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