St Christopher came from a region in Thessaly (northern Greece) called Kynoskephalai. This place-name means "dog-headed".
Who names their region "dog-headed"?
Thanks for the explanation, LBK
..famous for the battle of Cynoscephalae in 197 BC between Macedon under King Philip V and Rome under Titus Cointus Flaminius. The place was named Cynoscaphalae (Κυνός Κεφαλαὶ: Heads of Dog) 'cause its two peaks resemble a dog's head (it consists of two hilltops overlooking the valley of Skotussa, and nowadays are called Mavrovuni, i.e. black mountain).
Isn't this the canonical icon of St. Christopher?
The icon depicting him with a dog's face is based on folklore and the misconception that he was a descendant of the tribe of Cynoscephaloe in Asia Minor, a tribe of anthropophagus barbarians (according to Strabo and Hesiod)