SHEELA-NA-GIG is an ancient powerful goddess who was often portrayed over the entrances of religious buildings. She can still be found in situ in Ireland and all over Europe. Her image is as a grinning crone hag woman who is pulling open her exaggerated vulva for all to see inside, often seen as an obscene gesture.
Images of vulvas are represented in Palaeolithic art in ancient ritual structures such as Passage graves and fogous which had a vaginal entrance leading to a womb-like chamber.
Sheela-na-gig calls us to stand before the void from which we all come from and where we will all return. She guides us and opens us up to her gateway that reveals the continuous cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Her vulva is very similar to the sacred Hindu Yoni seen as a representation of the Goddess Shakti symbolising the divine eternal process of creation and regeneration.
“Dance me through to the stillness
to the point where the motion begins.
Dance me through to the silence
to the edge where the world begins.”
―Kathryn Price NicDhana