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Like many women, Saint Rufina and her sister Justa did not like to be told what to do.

The devout duo made a living selling pottery in Seville. The Roman emperor had forbidden Christianity, so R&J prayed in private. Yep, secret Christians. Which was actually super dangerous at the time.

The sisters blew their cover though when they refused to sell their pottery to pagans. The local pagans did not take kindly to this refusal, probably because the "We have the right to refuse service" sign hadn't been invented yet. In an angry mob, they smashed all of the worshipping women's wares.

As you can imagine, this pissed the rebellious ladies off to no end. They retaliated by breaking a statue of Venus. Eye for an eye, right? Bad move on their part. They were given one last chance to renounce their religion. When they stubbornly (or heroically, depending on your beliefs) refused, the two were imprisoned, stretched out on racks and had their sides torn open with hooks. A little harsh for a vandalism charge if you ask me. After the torturers were done, their bodies were burned in a sortof post-mortem diss. 

The palm frond in Rufina's hand is symbol of martyrdom, which by the sound of it she more than earned.