Psychology Today: Are We Really Terrorized By Thoughts of Death?

A strange personification of Death emerged from the Plague years on the painted walls of the Camposanto in Pisa. The figure is not the conventional skeleton, but a black-cloaked old woman with streaming hair and wild eyes, carrying abroad-bladed murderous scythe.  Her feet end in claws instead of toes. Depicting the triumph of Death, the…

The Guardian: Big vagina energy: the return of the sheela na gig

In 1631, provinvial statutes for Tuam order parish priests to hide away, and to note where they are hidden away, what are described in the veiled obscurity of Latin as imagines obesae et aspectui ingratae, in the vernacular ‘sheela na gigs’, i.e. at that time priests had begun to take notice of these ‘fat figures…