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Thread #20699 Message #218207
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
26-Apr-00 - 09:33 AM
Thread Name: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
Subject: RE: The Pagan Alternative. What's the music?
I'm not familiar with Sykes' book, but the fact that he makes statements of opinion on the subject of Foliate Heads (the churches of East Anglia, in particular, have a lot of these, all, so far as I know, carved in situ, few if any earlier than the mediaeval period) and the Sheela-na-Gig (some of which may indeed be old carvings incorporated, along with other salvaged building materials, into later constructions; a common enough practice) is not in itself evidence of anything in particular, and certainly not of any direct connection with earlier deities; such connections may well exist, but it's not an easy thing to establish! Britain and Ireland contain many examples of churches built on pre-Christian sacred sites; again a common practice where a new religion wishes to supplant its predecessor(s) as painlessly as possible.