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Sheela-na-gigs

Unravelling an Enigma

By Barbara Freitag

Routledge – 2004 – 232 pages

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Description

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phenomenon, and also contains a complete catalogue of all known Sheela-na-gigs, including hitherto unrecorded or unpublished figures.

Author Bio

Lecturer in Intercultural Studies in the school of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University.

Name: Sheela-na-gigs: Unravelling an Enigma (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Barbara Freitag. 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...
Categories: Irish Archaeology, Medieval European Archaeology, Art