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Sheela-Na-Gig (2)

Sheela-Na-Gig (2)
Sheela-Na-Gig (2)
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We hold in stock a large range of  Pagan altar figures of the God and Goddess in their many forms, the Green Man, a large selection of Witches' tools, including Witches' cauldrons, Witches' wands, Witches' athames, Witches' robes and cloaks, Witches' Books of Shadows, Witches' spells and magic ingredients and all things witchy and wonderful!

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Paganism represents a wide variety of traditions that emphasize reverence for nature and a revival of ancient polytheistic and animistic religious practices.  Paganism is not a traditional religion per se because it does not have any official doctrine, but it does have some common characteristics joining the great variety of traditions. One of the common beliefs is the divine presence in nature and the reverence of the natural order in life. Spiritual growth is related to the cycles of the Earth and great emphasis is placed on ecological concerns. Monotheism is almost universally rejected within Paganism and most Pagan traditions are particularly interested in the revival of ancient polytheist religious traditions including the Norse (northern Europe) and Celtic (Britain) traditions. Many Pagan traditions are intentionally reconstructionist in that they aim to revive many of the lost rituals of the ancient traditions, including holy days and seasonal celebrations. Besides Nature, many Pagans also worship a variety of gods and goddesses, including spirits which can represent national and local heroes.  Many Pagans try to honor their ancestry and ancestors. Some Pagan traditions include ritual magic, but this practice is not universal.



12 x 20cms (5" x 8"), this is a fabulous depiction of the ancient figure of the Sheela-na-gig, with the addition of a sacred Spiral.  She can be found on churches, castles, and other buildings, particularly in Ireland and Great Britain. Ireland has the greatest number (101 figures), with 45 examples in Britain. Our Sheela is probably the most famous, from Kilpeck church, Herefordshire. The unashamedly female Sheela-na-gig is a depiction of the Mother Goddess and the Cailleach, 'The Divine Hag'. There are parallels between the Sheela-na-gig and the ancient Irish myth of the Goddess who granted kingship - appearing as a lustful, hideous hag, whose sexual advances would be refused by most men; except for one who accepted! When he submits to her demands with grace and kindness, she magically transforms into a beautiful maiden who confers royalty onto him, blesses his reign and becomes his bride. This ancient Goddess myth came down through the ages as the 'Loathly lady' for whom the knight is blessed for his 'kindness' to her - all aspects of her female sexual power removed.  A lovely item finished in a wash-glaze. (Colour may vary from that shown).

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