The Story Behind Barbara
There are multiple myths surrounding Saint Barbara, who was believed to live in the 3rd Century, somewhere in present-day Turkey or Egypt. The most commonly known Lebanese version says that when Barbara decided to convert to Christianity and confront her father, Dioscorus, with her new-found beliefs, he imprisoned her in a tower with only two holes for her to see the outside world.
After his return from a long trip, he was surprised to find that his daughter drilled a third hole in the wall to represent the sign of the Holy Trinity. She briefly escaped, eluding to the tradition of masks and disguises, but was later caught, imprisoned, tortured and then beheaded by her own father for refusing to deny her beliefs.
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