Sheela-na-gigs: Unravelling an Enigma

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Psychology Press, 2004 - 205 sider

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phenomenon, and also contains a complete catalogue of all known Sheela-na-gigs, including hitherto unrecorded or unpublished figures.

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Sheelas and academic research
16
The problem of the name
52
Sheelas birth death and medieval rural traditions
68
Conclusion
119
Sheelanagig catalogue
121
England
146
Scotland
156
Wales
157
Sheelanagigs in Ireland and England arranged by counties
158
Notes
163
Bibliography
185
Index
201
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Lecturer in Intercultural Studies in the school of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University.

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