Sheela-na-gigs

Unravelling an Enigma

By Barbara Freitag

© 2004 – Routledge

232 pages

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About the Book

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phenomenon, and also contains a complete catalogue of all known Sheela-na-gigs, including hitherto unrecorded or unpublished figures.

About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC003000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology