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Sheela-na-gigs

Unravelling an Enigma

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phenomenon, and also contains a complete catalogue of all known Sheela-na-gigs, including hitherto unrecorded or unpublished figures.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

Lecturer in Intercultural Studies in the school of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University.
Release date NZ
September 16th, 2004
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
232
Dimensions
174x246x11
ISBN-13
9780415345538
Product ID
1860892

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