Decoding the Sheela-na-gig

  title={Decoding the Sheela-na-gig},
  author={Georgia Rhoades},
  journal={Feminist Formations},
  pages={167 - 194}
  • G. Rhoades
  • Published 20 August 2010
  • History
  • Feminist Formations
Sheela-na-gigs are old, bald, naked female figures on churches, walls, and towers (as well as in museums) in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England, similar to grotesques throughout Europe, to Baubo in the Middle East, and to Kali and other goddess figures in India and Southeast Asia. While most surviving sheelas are medieval, Irish legend and older carvings suggest connections to pagan crone goddesses. According to lore and scholarship, sheelas offer protection and warning or… 

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