Sacred Sex Art of Europe —
The next two galleries feature stone carvings of female figures, called 'Sheela-na-gigs',
found in Ireland and throughout the British Isles. Strikingly explicit,
a typical Sheela-na-gig sits in a squatting position, openly exposing her yoni, or womb, with her hands.
More astonishing is that Sheela-na-gigs commonly appear over the doorways of medieval Christian churches.
Like similar figures adorning temples in other parts of the world, Sheela-na-gigs were meant to give protection
and blessings to those who entered the dwelling. Her position above the door required every worshipper
to pass between her legs.
Sheela-na-gigs give archeological proof to the fact that early peoples of Europe attached beneficial and spiritual
meaning to sex. This view was so deeply held that it found expression even in the sexually conservative Christian faith.
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