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Images of Lust : Sexual Carvings on Medieval Churches - James Jerman

Images of Lust

Sexual Carvings on Medieval Churches

Paperback Published: 5th May 1993
ISBN: 9780415151566
Number Of Pages: 168

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From the famous sheela-na-gigs, through all the forms of exhibitionists - mermaids, centaurs, misers and priapic figures - extraordinary sculptures considered "obscene" by today's standards may be found on churches in Britain, Ireland, France and Spain. This book examines their origins and purposes and sees them not as sacrilegious figures, or magical fertility symbols, nor even as idols of ancient pre-Christian religions, but as serious works that dealt with the sexual customs and salvation of medival folk, and thus gave support to the Church's moral teachings.

Introduction
Sheela-na-gig
Ugly as Sin
The Romanesque Background
The Entertainers
Mermaids, Centaurs and Other Hybrid Monsters
La Femme aux Serpents, L'homme aux Serpents and L'avare
Disgust for the Flesh
More Priapic Figures
Rude Gestures and Ruder Postures
More Female Exhibitionists
The Distribution of Sexual Carvings
Exhibitionists and Folklore
Epilogue
Bibliography
Gazetteer
Index
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ISBN: 9780415151566
ISBN-10: 0415151562
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 5th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.84 x 18.8  x 1.17
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1