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Sheelagh-na-Gig Pendant

Sheelagh-na-Gig Pendant

An enigmatic ancient Celtic figure, with some surprising background (see below). Sterling silver with an 18" silver curb chain, in a presentation box.

Height: 7/8 in. (2.2 cm)

Ref: CNK057

 

Our Price: $49.95

The Sheelagh-na-Gig

An ancient Celtic fertility symbol, the Sheelagh-na-Gig is, perhaps surprisingly, most commonly found above medieval church doorways throughout the Celtic Lands! Some say that she is a reminder that you are entering 'the womb' of Christianity. Others regard her as a sign to ward off evil and bring good luck.

Some say she is the Goddess, the Earth Mother, the Gatekeeper, revealing to us the gateway through which we all entered this world, and that she opens the door to rebirth. Some say she is the third face of the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone) inviting you back to the womb (i.e death)!

The name Sheelagh-na-Gig probably came from the Gaelic language, the two most common translations being 'Sile na gCioch' (sheela of the breasts) or 'Sile-ina-Giob' (sheela on her hunkers).

Most of the figures were removed from churches during the 19th century, but some still remain as an intriguing link between two very different religions.


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