The Sheela-Na-Gigs of Ireland & Britain: The Divine Hag of the Christian Celts

The Sheela-Na-Gigs of Ireland & Britain: The Divine Hag of the Christian Celts

by Jack Roberts, Johanne McMahon
     
 

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Sheela-na-gigs are carvings of female images depicted as naked and posing in a manner which accentuates the most powerfully evocative symbol of the vulva. They were erected on many churches of the medieval period and are generally referred to as protective talismans or good luck symbols. This book is written from a non-academic perspective and so aims to be

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Sheela-na-gigs are carvings of female images depicted as naked and posing in a manner which accentuates the most powerfully evocative symbol of the vulva. They were erected on many churches of the medieval period and are generally referred to as protective talismans or good luck symbols. This book is written from a non-academic perspective and so aims to be accessible to the general reader. The catalogue section of the book is a very comprehensive alphabetically listed reference to all known sheela-na-gigs in Ireland and Britain. All the entries in the book include a description, details of the location and a drawing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781170076
Publisher:
Mercier Press, Limited, The
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
8 MB

Meet the Author

Jack Roberts was born in Sussex, England, in 1948 and has lived in Ireland since 1974. After becoming involved with astro-archaeological research in the Boyne Valley between 1978 and 1982, he began field research in the west Cork region. He has published a number of guides to the area and has been researching the sheela-na-gigs since 1995.

Joanne McMahon was born in Adelaide, Australia, in 1973. She began research into sheela-na-gigs in Bath, England, in 1994–5 and was UK researcher for The Sheela-na-Gigs of Britain & Ireland (1995).

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