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In Insular Brythonic mythology, Sheila-na-gig was a fertility goddess. In art, she was depicted as displaying her genitals in order to ward off death. Even after Christianization, she was depicted on the outside of buildings, such as churches, in order to ward off death and evil - an example can be seen at Kilpeck in Herefordshire

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