А мы всё думали с чего это подкову на счастье вешают, гы-гы :)

автор: Денис Песков

Many lucky charms and talismans were employed to protect people against threats, usually worn on a costume, kept in a handbag, or hung up in the house. Some of these protective devices operated on the principle that an intensely sexual image would distract the Evil Eye and keep it preoccupied.

Astonishingly, with this concept in mind, many Christian churches in medieval Europe displayed stone-carved images of female genitals above their doors, to stop 'the evil ones' from entering the buildings. To intensify the image, the genitals are usually shown being held open by a pair of hands. Not surprisingly, most of these carvings were removed or hidden during the pious Victorian era, but a few still survive to this day. A much better survivor is the lucky horseshoe, also placed on a building to bring good luck. Were it generally known that, in this protective context, the horseshoe originally also symbol­ ized the female genitals, it too might start to disappear.

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