Obituary: Keith Jones

It is with great sadness that I recently found out that Keith Jones, a major contributor to this site and friend, died in March 2016.

We first met when Keith was given my email by someone I had corresponded with about sheelas and got in touch. We had a chat on the phone and found out that we only lived a few miles from each other. This was the beginning of a long partnership, going on trips around Britain chasing up leads on figures most of which came from Keith reading obscure books and journals. Keith’s enthusiasm for sheelas and green men was unbounded. He is responsible for many of the pages on this site and without his help and encouragement I doubt the site would be half the size it is today. He leaves behind many happy memories, driving slowly down a road in Shropshire surrounded by a large flock of young pheasant, being filmed searching for sheela na gigs and a truly excellent few days being taken round some Irish sheelas by Gabriel Cannon. He was also an avid caver and ornithologist.

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A “new” translation of Sheela Na Gig

I stumbled across a new (to me anyway) interpretation of the Sheela Na Gig name when looking for images of the Kirkwall sheela. On page 978 of the Celtic Encyclopedia vol 4 by Harry Mountain it lists among other more familiar translations The Idle Hole (Chilo na Gi) not quite sure what language that is in though. It seems to explain the line “Put money in your idle hole” in the song Sheela Na Gig though…

Japan’s Sexual Gods Shrines, Roles and Rituals of Procreation and Protection

Japan's Sexual Gods
Japan’s Sexual Gods

Not Sheela na gig related but should prove a fascinating read

Well known expert in Japanese Studies Dr Stephen Turnbull, has released a new book called  Japan’s Sexual Gods Shrines, Roles and Rituals of Procreation and Protection.

Japanese shrines have many deities represented by phalluses and female sexual objects. This book provides a gallery of photographs and locations along with details of their rituals, festivals.

http://www.brill.com/products/book/japans-sexual-gods

There is also a YouTube channel which has a number of videos relating to the book

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiknUIkagXP9IN_ftqSil_A

The book on Amazon

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Japan-Sexual-Gods-Procreation-Protection/dp/9004288910