Sheela-na-gigs: Unravelling an Enigma

1st Edition

Barbara Freitag

Routledge
Published September 16, 2004
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9780415345538 - CAT# RU27951

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Summary

Here Barbara Freitag examines all the literature on the subject since their discovery 160 years ago, highlighting the inconsistencies of the various interpretations in regard to origin, function and name. By considering the Sheela-na-gigs in their medieval social context, she suggests that they were folk deities with particular responsibility for assistance in childbirth.

This fascinating survey sheds new light on a controversial phenomenon, and also contains a complete catalogue of all known Sheela-na-gigs, including hitherto unrecorded or unpublished figures.

 

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