Roberts, Jack & McMahon, Joanne  

The Sheela-na-Gigs of Ireland and Britain


The Divine Hag of the Christian Celts

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Sheela-na-gigs are carvings of female images depicted as naked and posing in a manner which accentuates the most powerfully evocative symbol of the vulva. They were erected on many churches of the medieval period and are generally referred to as protective talismans or good luck symbols. 

This book is written from a non-academic perspective and so aims to be accessible to the general reader. The catalogue section of the book is a very comprehensive alphabetically listed reference to all known sheela-na-gigs in Ireland and Britain. All the entries in the book include a description, details of the location and a drawing.


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About the Author

Jack Roberts was born in Sussex, England in 1948 and has lived in Ireland since 1974. After becoming involved with Astro - Archaeological Research in the Boyne Valley from 1978 - 82 he began field research of the West Cork region and has published a number of guides to the area. He has been researching the Sheela-na-Gigs since 1995. Joanne McMahon was born in Adelaide, Australia, 1973. She began research into sheela-na-gigs in Bath, England in 1994-5 and was UK researcher for The Sheela-na-Gigs of Britain & Ireland 1995.