Mary and Scallop Shells

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

ArchMadria Kathi sent me the following information:

There is book by Paul Lambourne Higgins, called Mother of All. He mentions that the Collyridian group used scallop shells… “The crusaders found a spirited devotion to Mary and the scallop shell, ancient symbol of Aphrodite and Venus and Demeter, was used by these enthusiastic Christians in their adoration of Mary. Tradition has it that some of these crusaders returned to England carrying pa!m branches in their hands and apocryphal gospels in their pockets, with a scallop shell on their caps, for they were now Mary men, determined to make their homeland once again ‘Mary England.”