Unravelling an Enigma
By (author) Barbara Freitag
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Sheela-Na-Gigs by Barbara Freitag
Book DescriptionHere 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phenomenon, and also contains a complete catalogue of all known Sheela-na-gigs, including hitherto unrecorded or unpublished figures.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415345521
(246mm x 174mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 16-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Barbara Freitag
Lecturer in Intercultural Studies in the school of Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies, Dublin City University.
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