Cerne Abbas Giant

Set on a rolling hillside above the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas, the 180ft tall club-wielding man has long been regarded as a sign of fertility due to his large, erect phallus. It is not agreed how old the Cerne Abbas Giant is, but the most likely explanation is that he depicts Hercules, the god with super- human strength. Hence he was probably created as a pagan idol during the Iron Age period of Britain.

There is some evidence that the Giant may once have carried a cloak over the left arm and a severed head in his hand.

Cerne Abbas Giant

Cerne Abbas Giant

21 Comments CherryPie on Aug 2nd 2019

21 Responses to “Cerne Abbas Giant”

  1. Ayush says:

    i imagine nobody misses the severed head, CP!

  2. Astrid says:

    That is quite something, Cherry. I looked at google maps and then the “birds-eye”, that is quite impressive and you wonder how they were able to get all the measurements right just being at ground level…

  3. Lovely photos – it looks in better condition than when we went to see it.

  4. ....peter says:

    it’s a wonderful agricultural sculpture Cherie… i can see why he is a sign of fertility due to his large, erect phallus….peter:)

  5. lowcarbdiabeticJan says:

    It’s many years since I saw this – your photographs are lovely.

    All the best Jan

  6. The Yum List says:

    The first photo is very striking with the blue blackground.

  7. Stone age porn!
    It was more than hunter-gatherer.

    • CherryPie says:

      There are some studies that say large appendage was not so large when the figure was first carved into the hillside and that it has been embellished since its creation…