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Population frontiers are relative to economic, technological conditions. For example, Japan's population stabilized at about 25 million for most of the Edo era, apparently reflecting the feudal edge there. The population rose to some 100 million more under the fabulous industrialization and technological advance - but evidently no further. Ireland could have seen similarly sluggish periods.

The female discipline towards male resourcefulness could be peculiarly sensitive, anticipative to tougher times and population density. Sheelas could then reflect male desperation and/or female frustration in this dynamics ;-]

by das monde on Thu Apr 25th, 2019 at 07:46:47 PM EST
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