Phallus in obsidian celeste eye.
Obsidian of A-grade
13/15 cm in size
Weight of 0.484 kg
Origin of the Phallus and its cult, phallism
Phallism refers to the cult of the sex of man, the phallus. Elements of phallism have been found in many cultures, including ancient Greece, India and the Sumer
ancients, to represent, by a physical object, the regenerative force of the sun in spring, and the action of that force on all the beings of nature, adopted the simulacrum of masculinity, which the Greeks called Phallus.
This simulacrum, though it seems indecent to most moderns, was not in antiquity; her sight did not awaken any obscene idea: she was revered, on the contrary, as one of the most sacred objects of worship. We must admit that, despite our preventions, it would be difficult to imagine a sign that was simpler, more energetic, and that expressed the thing better. This perfect convenience ensured his success, and he obtained an almost general assent.
The cult of the simulacrum of masculinity spread throughout much of the globe. It has flourished for a long time in Egypt, Syria, Persia, Asia Minor, Greece, Italy, etc. It was and still is in effect in India and in some parts of Africa. It has even spread to America. When the Spaniards discovered this part of the world, they found this cult established among the Mexicans. Surprisingly, it has remained almost to this day among the Christians of Europe. In the sixteenth century, traces of this were still found in France in some parts of Italy.
It is about four thousand and five hundred years ago that the sun, by the effect of a third movement of the earth, from which the precession of the equinoxes results, approached at the spring equinox, in the sign of the zodiac called the Taurus.
The sign of the celestial constellation that bore this name, represented on artificial zodiacs, was considered the symbol of the spring sun, the regenerative sun of nature.
The spring equinox is the kindest, most attractive time of the year; no other provides more vivid and gentle emotions: triumphing over the frimas and long nights, the sun, higher on the horizon, prolongs the duration of the days, spreads on the earth its fertile heat, penetrates plants, animals, resurrects nature, and sows everywhere life, greenery, hope, flowers and loves.
The Phallus, in its origin, was isolated and did not adhere to a human body. This accession did not take place until long after, when the cult of human figures had made progress. It even seems that at the time when the Greeks received the Phallus from the Egyptians, he did not adhere to any bodies, and that the Greeks, even in Herodotus' time, had not yet adopted this meeting. This historian, in describing the ceremonies of this cult, which was celebrated in Egypt, seems to be surprised that a small human figure had been gathered at the Phallus. "They invented," he says, "human figures of a high elbow, to which is attached the genital part, almost as large as the rest of the body
this sign of the male sex which appeared in the ceremonies of the mysteries of a large number of peoples, could not be the living part of the sacred goat, but its simulacrum o his image, and these simulacrums or images were Phallus; so there were Phallus who were the images of the genital part of the sacred goat, worshipped in Mendes and Chemnis.
The Phallus played an important role in the religious history of antiquity, which it gave birth to different deities, and that it served to characterize several others. Many jobs of this object of worship have greatly embarrassed the mythographers who, always clinging to mythological fables, and seeking the truth in lies, gave no satisfactory explanation in this regard and did not dispel the cloud that concealed its origin.
In India in Tantrism, the lingam symbolizes Shiva. Lingam is often located in a yoni (symbolizing Shakti) to indicate a balance between male and female creative energies. Tantrism should not be generalized to all forms of Hinduism.
In Bhutan Drukpa Kunley (xve) is said to be the origin of Bhutan's protective role of the phallus against the evil eye
In Ancient Egypt The Egyptians associated the phallus cult with Osiris. When Osiris' body was cut into 13 pieces, Seth scattered them all over Egypt and his wife, Isis, found them all except one, his penis, which was swallowed by a fish (see Legend of Osiris and Isis).
The phallus was the symbol of fertility, and the god Min was often depicted with an erect penis
In traditional Greek mythology, Hermes, god of commerce, guardian of roads and crossroads, was considered a phallic deity. It is depicted on pillars and statues with a phallus. Yet there is no consensus on this description and it would be pure speculation to regard Hermes as a god of fertility.
Pan, son of Hermes, is often depicted with a huge erect penis.
Priape was a Greek fertility god whose symbol was an exaggerated-sized phallus. He was the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus or Adonis, according to versions of the original myth. He was the god of fertility, protector of gardens and herds. Its name is the origin of the medical term 'priapism'.
The Romans wore phallic jewels to protect themselves from the evil eye.
The Norse god Freyr was a phallic deity, representing male fertility and love.
The new Velsa 'ttr( 19th century) describes a Norwegian family venerating a horse penis.
In pre-Columbian America Kokopelli is sometimes depicted with a male attribute of exaggerated size.
In Japan The Tomb of Mara Kannon羅観音 in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture. One of the many fertility tombs that still exist in Japan and also present at festivals such as Danjiri Matsuri祭 in Kishiwada (Osaka Prefecture), with penis adorings that were widespread. The tomb of Mara Kannon羅観音 in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture. One of the many fertility tombs that still exist in Japan and also present at festivals such as Danjiri Matsuri祭 in Kishiwada (Osaka Prefecture), with penis adorings that were widespread.
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