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Panel 19 - Martin expels a demon from a possessed man's backside
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For all his generosity and miraculous cures, Martin's real hagiographic speciality is exorcism. This particular example is a timely reminder of the medieval acceptance of scatological humour. Sulpicius is worth quoting in full, even with the restrained niceties of the 19th century translator;

About the same time, having entered the dwelling of a certain householder in the same town, he stopped short at the very threshold and said that he perceived a horrible demon in the courtyard of the house. When Martin ordered it to depart, it laid hold of a certain member of the family and the poor wretch began at once to rage with his teeth and to lacerate whomsoever he met. The house was thrown into disorder; the family was in confusion and the people took to flight. Martin threw himself in the way of the frenzied creature and first of all commanded him to stand still. But when he continued to gnash with his teeth and, with gaping mouth was threatening to bite, Martin inserted his fingers into his mouth and said, "If you possess any power, devour these." But then, as if a red hot iron had entered his jaws, drawing his teeth far away he took care not to touch the fingers of the saintly man; and when he was compelled by punishments and tortures to flee out of the possessed body, while he had no power of escaping by the mouth, he was cast out by means of a powerful defluxion of the belly, leaving disgusting traces behind him.

This depiction of the story is relatively refined when compared with the version at Bourges, where the artist has shown the man's tunic blown upwards at the back, as if by a demonic blast of foul wind.