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Naked drunken fat ladies?

November 26, 2009

Here’s a slide from tonights presentation to the GMIT Heritage Society. We’ll be presenting a talk on the beer experiment and Fulachta Fiadh at 7pm tonight in Rm. 940. We’ve been busy reading Pat McGovern’s ‘Uncorking the past’ which is where we encountered the Laussel Venus pictured here. Pat posits a paleolithic origin to alcohol making and consumption and points to the Laussel Venus as a particularly provocative cliff carving which may depict drinking. She is depicted with one hand on her pregnant (?) belly and holds aloft an object that looks suspiciously like a drinking horn. Other interpreters have suggested the object is a musical instrument or a lunar symbol.

 

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