The Irish version of the birds and the bees

6/11/2011

by Kyrin Emerson

Today we visited The Hill of Tara (in addition to numerous other historic sites, but they aren’t relevant to my story, so more on that later). Our tour guide, who was dubbed a “cutie” by the group, was showing us around the site and explained to us the significance of  one stone in particular, the stone that depicts the goddess Cernunnos. Cernunnos is the goddess of fertility, and legend has it that rubbing the faded figure carved into the stone’s face will make you fertile. Upon hearing this Theresa and I slowly backed away from the stone, but after we visited the rest of the historical rocks we decided to take our chances. Kate decided to brave it with us, and we took pictures to prove how courageous we are.

below is a picture of the “cutie”.” He’s leaning on the Stone of Destiny which, according to legend, would cry out if the potential future king put his foot on the stone, and was found to be suitable for the position.

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One response to “The Irish version of the birds and the bees”

  1. 02fatboy says :

    They remind me of Hindu lingam statues, though not quite as tall.

    Isa 42:17 They shall be turned back, They shall be greatly ashamed, Who trust in carved images, Who say to the molded images, ‘You are our gods.’

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