Brigid and the well, photograph 1
Photograph 1 from part 1 of the image strip in three parts. The complete image strip consists of 21 images and is for sale on CD-Rom (€ 49,50). The well as a sacred place in pantheism; water + earth = life. Images from St. Brigid's Well Liscannor, Ireland. Pantheism and christianity are entangled; - Mother Earth as source of life, - the prechristian goddess Brighid was a metaphor for the earth. In christian Ireland this goddess changed into St. Brigid. in pre-christian times, the earth was sacred, giving and taking life. The physical nature of this pre-christian 'primitive' religion is shown by female goddesses. A surviving element of this pre-christian religion is the 'Sheela-na-gig', a female figure showing her vagina. One can still find these figures in (ruins of) christian churches in Ireland (but also elsewhere in Europe). Nowadays people often judge in a very negative way about these figures (associated with female sexuality). The christian church has transformed this 'Sheela-na-gig' into a more chaste version of women: 'Brigid'.