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Where Are Fertility Statues Found & Do They Really Work?

The idea of fertility statues appear in a variety of cultures. Fertility statues serve both as a tribute to whatever fertility gods that the locals believe in, as well as often a mystical totem which helps the women of a given tribe to conceive and bear healthy children. These fertility statues may resemble people, or they can look like some particular animal that is associated with fertility in that culture. Archaeological digs have turned up a variety of these sorts of statues, from the Norse goddess Freya riding a boar to the statue of a fat woman found in the ruins of the Tarxien temples on the island of Malta.

The most famous fertility statues are the ones that are owned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! These statues are a pair of four-foot high statues, one male and one female, imported from Africa. They have been in the United States since 1995, and are featured at the Ripley’s museum in San Francisco, although they are lent out to other sites from time to time. These particular statues have bee featured numerous times on television, both in the United States and around the world. Stories that surround the statues suggest that even the delivery person who brought the statues to Ripley’s became pregnant after handling them. Ripley’s claims that an employee who was on birth control pills became pregnant when she tripped and bumped into the statues.

While there are some women who become pregnant after rubbing the statues, obviously, there is no medical or scientific evidence to suggest that fertility statues really work. However, when trying to conceive, something like rubbing a fertility statue isn’t exactly harmful. It can help to increase your hope, help to relieve stress, and can even be a little bit fun. Some people who haven’t been able to actually visit fertility statues such as the ones at Ripley’s have send photocopies of their hands or a piece of clothing to be rubbed on the statues!

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