Hello Peter and to everyone,
This makes me think of my recent study in Genesis. I realize that this has
nothing to do with Dwarf Clerics and Sheela-na-gigs, but it made me think
about the covenant that God made with Abraham, and the circumcision that
represents that convenant. (I realize this is a sensitive topic for some of
you men out there so I'll cut it short...OH! no pun intended!). It got me
wondering..."why did God choose such a thing?" And..."How did others know
who was circumsized, and who wasn't?" Because in the New Testament there
are indications that people DID know who was circumsized and who wasn't.
So, I thought "well, maybe they went around exposing themselves to one
another." *shrug* ...what a wonderful culture that must have been...oops,
did I really type that??
hhmmm...I wonder Peter...are the dwarfs in your pics circumsized?
>From: Pete Schermerhorn <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: Dwarf Clerics and Sheela-na-gigs
>Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2000 15:37:01 EST
>Being blissfully ignorant of the niceties and protocol regarding
>cross-posting, I herewith do it anyway. I'm not really sure how much
>subscriber overlap there is between the celtic-L and med -rel lists, hence:
>Yesterday, I was showing my neighbor (a retired doctor) some prints of pics
>had taken on my last Irish trip this past September. I showed him one
>was a closeup of figure-carving high up on the east window of Kilfenora
>Cathedral, Co. Clare, which showed a group of "dwarf clerics" (see p.6,
>Cunningham's "Burren Journey West" booklet, for a similar - but, of course,
>inferior photo of the same carvings). His first response upon seeing it
>"a fine example of priapism". I looked at it again, and, sure enough. How
>could I have missed it?
>A few pictures earlier, I had been showing him the sheela-na-gig (various
>spellings allowed - "sheila" seems too Australian) over the doorway at
>Killinaboy, also Clare. I got to wondering if the priapismic clerics were
>considered, at the time, as a male equivalent of the sheela, i.e., a
>fertility symbol? Are there other, similar carvings of clerics "exposing
>themselves" in other stonework of the period? I can see that I have many
>hundreds of prints to re-examine now.
>Any and all comments gratefully accepted.
>Pete Schermerhorn, in the glorious Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts
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