Make of this what you will.
I know what I think :o)
Of the various saints supposed to have landed at Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer the most interesting is saint Sarah, now the patron saint of the Romani (Gypsy) people. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is the centre of her veneration and a place of pilgrimage for Romanies throughout the world. Saint Sarah, also known as Sarah-la-Kali (“Sarah the black”, Sarah e Kali in the Romani language).
BTW : King René d’Anjou ordered the building of an oratory where the two Marys were allegedly buried in December 1448. (The crypt in which Saint Sarah stands dates from the time of these works). Excavations revealed several human heads arranged in the form of a cross and the bodies of two women. An altar of compacted earth was also found, as well as a smooth marble stone that was later to be called “the Saints’ pillow”, now on show inside the church.
King René might, or might not, have been one of Jehanne d’Arc’s travelling companions out of Lorraine and into France to meet her Dauphin!