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    Cerne Abbas Giant 'inspires' fertility boom

    A giant chalk man carved into a west country hillside is living up to its legendary status as a figure of fertility by producing a baby boom in the surrounding area.

    By Richard Alleyne
    Published: 7:03PM BST 26 Jul 2010
    Since Victorian times, the 180ft Cerne Abbas Giant in Dorset has been said to cure childlessness and bless women with improved fertility.
    Now the women in the surrounding towns and villages have the highest birth rates in the country.


    The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the women of North Dorset have on average three children each nearly double the national average and nearly three times as much as the city dwellers of Westminster.
    In the past locals would erect a maypole on the earthwork, around which childless couples would dance to promote fertility.
    According to folklore, a woman who sleeps on the figure will be "blessed with fecundity", and infertility may be cured through having sex on top of the figure, especially the phallus.Cerne Abbas Giant 'inspires' fertility boom - Telegraph

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