Sheela na Gig: Dark Goddess of Sacred Power

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Sheela na gigs adorned sacred and secular medieval architecture throughout Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland, appearing on rural churches, castles, bridges, holy wells, tombs and standing stones. 'Sheela na Gig: Dark Goddess of Sacred Power' explores in depth the art and myth of the Sheela na gig from Celtic and Classical times and also back to Paleolithic cave art. Through her 25 years of research and more than 150 photographs, the author, Starr Goode, establishes how the Sheela is a goddess with the power to renew, a folk deity used to help women survive childbirth, and, as a guardian of doorways and castle walls, a liminal entity representing the gateway to the divine. She explains how these powerful images survived eradication during the rise of Christianity and retained their preiminent positions on sacred sites throughout Ireland and the British Isles. Starr Goode, MA, teaches writing and literature at Santa Monica College, California.