Irish Mythology

The Gods and Spirits of Ireland

SHEELA NA GIG

Irish Fertility Goddess

Picture of the Irish Fertility Goddess Sheela na Gig from our Irish mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Primitive Goddess of Fertility in the British Isles

She’s lewd, rude, nude and very crude, displaying her most intimate parts to scare away death. She’s highly respected — and something of a feminist icon due to her empowering delight in exhibiting her body without shame.

Funny how things turn out. You may even find a representation of her on the outside of a British church, showing her wares to passers-by. Brass rubbings are strictly forbidden.

Sheela na Gig Facts and Figures

Name: Sheela na Gig
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Fertility
Area of expertise: Fertility

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 163

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Article last revised on May 23, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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