CAHSS Faculty Articles

Department

Department of Literature and Modern Languages

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Publication Title

Irish Studies Review

ISSN

0967-0882

Volume

14

Issue/No.

1

First Page

125

Last Page

126

Abstract

In this book Barbara Freitag, a lecturer in intercultural studies at Dublin City University, investigates the mystery of ‘sheela-nagigs’—rather bizarre, crudely carved images of women with prominently displayed genitalia, whose exact significance has long puzzled scholars. Since first brought to scholarly attention in Ireland over 160 years ago, sheelas have generated interpretations ranging from origins as pagan fertility figures to representations of the Irish Sovereignty goddess to medieval clerical admonitions against the dangers of lust. In this study Freitag presents all these scholarly views of the sheelas, and more.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-4966-1251

DOI

10.1080/09670880500440743

Peer Reviewed

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