Photographer's Note

This is one side of the Janus Figures located in Caldragh Cemetery on Boa Island, County Fermanagh.

Janus was the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. He usually has two facets, the female and the male, the past and the future. The west side of the figure is female, the east side is male. The Romans devoted the month of January to worship this god. I've not been able to find out how Roman idols have ended up in the land of Celts, but the cross-over of the two pagan cultures is fascinating.

Poet Seamus Heaney wrote a beautiful poem about these figures called January God:

"Then I found a two faced stone
On burial ground,
God-eyed, sex-mouthed, it’s brain
A watery wound.
In the wet gap of the year,
Daubed with fresh lake mud,
I faltered near his power —-
January God.
Who broke the water, the hymen
With his great antlers —-
There reigned upon each ghost tine
His familiars,
The mothering earth, the stones
Taken by each wave,
The fleshy aftergrass, the bones
Subsoil in each grave".

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