Saturday, March 18, 2017

Give in to the clit

In ancient times, the Pagan fertility-goddess known as Sheela-na-gig was honored annually on this date in Ireland.  With the advent of Christianity, the identity of the goddess was altered from heathen deity with oversized genitalia to the consort of mother of Saint Patrick.

Sheela Na Gigs are quasi-erotic stone carvings of a female figure usually found on Norman or to be more precise Romanesque churches. They consist of an old woman squatting and pulling apart her vulva, a fairly strange thing to find on a church. The carvings are old and often do not seem to be part of the church but have been taken from a previous older, usually Romanesque, building.

Even though the image is overtly sexual the representation is always grotesque, sometimes even comical. They are usually associated with “hags” or “old women”. The carvings often incorporate ribs showing on the torso and sometimes facial scaring as well, although this feature seems to be more common in Ireland than in mainland Britain and the continent.



The carvings are normally found on Churches usually of Norman origin and of Romanesque design, but they can also be found on Secular buildings.



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