Agnes Von Strupp


Agnes receiving the spirit of Wang.

Birth & early life


Agnes VonStrupp was reportedly born a peasant to a poor, but proud Wangite family in what is now Lithuania. Not much else is known of her until the Miracle of Agnes VonStrupp in 1142.

Miracle


When her husband, a shoe-peddler, accidentally died in an unexpected swordfight, she was unable to pay for presents for her seven children to celebrate Wangzaah. After prostituting herself to a mysterious nobleman, he told her to place a feathered stick on her hearth each night and in the morning, Wang would reward her with a gift. She followed instructions and each morning, was able to give a gift to one of her children until all seven each had a gift. Agnes and the mayor of her village were unable to locate the nobleman and realized he must have been Wang's spirit, sent to her in her time of need.

Ever since, followers of Reform Wangism have celebrated Wangzaah with seven days of gift giving during the last week of December.

Controversy


Agnes's youngest daughter, Amelia, didn't believe her mother's story. She claimed that her mother simply prostituted herself for money to buy gifts and didn't want anyone to find out. Amelia went on to found Orthodox Wangism, whose followers don't believe Agnes's story and celebrate the traditional December 23 gift giving.

Death


Agnes died from complications of syphilis in 1158. Her daughter, Amelia, said she wasn't surprised and that her mother's illness only gave credence to the orthodox branch's beliefs. Other Wangites ignored her because they liked getting more than one gift while celebrating Wangzaah.


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