Starting with an outline of the symbolism of artistic forces often, The Phallus first examines the illustration of male fertility in such kinds because the menhirs or status stones of prehistoric Europe; the Mahalinga and Svayambhu of India; and the traditional Greek Omphalos. the second one a part of the e-book surveys the presence of ithyphallic gods in archaic shamanistic religions (the Lord of the Animals), the Greek pantheon (Hermes, Priapus), and the Hindu deities (Ardhanarishvara, the androgyne). Danielou additionally explores the function of Shaivist and Dionysian initiatory rites in bringing males into communion with the inventive forces of lifestyles. Illustrated all through with images and line drawings of eu and Indian artwork, The Phallus celebrates the expression of the masculine within the non secular traditions of East and West.
Phallic imagery, in a single shape or one other, will be present in the inventive traditions of almost each international tradition considering the fact that prehistoric occasions. Alain Danielou right here unveils the spiritual impulse underlying artwork that at the beginning look turns out to don't have any function past the erotic.
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Aphrodite capability "foam. " Italy: Sculpture of severed phallus, first century. Rome. number of Jacques Cloarec. "The castration of Ouranos places an finish to a interval of uninterrupted procreation, evoking the tendency of the gods to withdraw after having accomplished their cosmogonical paintings. In Hurrute and Hittite theogony, Kumarbi, the daddy of the gods, pursued Anu, and seizing him through the toes, flung him to the floor after having bitten off his penis. a fragment of Anu's virility penetrated his physique, and he grew to become pregnant with 3 gods" (Mircea Eliade, Histoire des croyances et des idées religieuses, pp. one hundred fifty and 159). In Egypt, the damaged and truncated physique of the agrarian deity Osiris, murdered through his brother Seth and thrown into the Nile, used to be reassembled anew via Isis, apart from his penis, which have been eaten via a fish. In Greece, the younger and lovely Phrygian shepherd Attis, the sweetheart of Rhea, was once mutilated in the course of a burst of madness. His trustworthy practiced orgiastic celebrations and, in an severe ritual, bring to an end and deposited their virile organs at the altars of Attis and Rhea. the same perform exists in addition in India, one of the impassioned worshipers of the goddess Kālī. 6 THE father or mother GOD HERMES The phallus serves as defense opposed to the evil eye, risk and misfortune. "Every highway nook in Athens had its cippus devoted to Hermes, a sq. pilaster crowned with the god's head and on which have been sculpted genital organs in erection, which bypassers could contact for success, simply because all success is a present from Hermes" (John Boardman and Eugenio los angeles Rocca, Éros en Grecia, p. 40). "In the countrysides there have been columns erected at each crossroads to guard tourists from phantoms and unlucky encounters. The Hermaic pillars have been initially applied as funerary symbols, yet their multiplication alongside kingdom, then urban, roads, at crossroads, on the town squares, and at last in homes is definitely as a result protecting virtues they have been assumed to own. just like the rustic photographs of Priapus, they prevented the evil eye, and renowned piety attributed to them a valuable strength. whereas by no means attaining the significance of Dionysus within the Greek region, Hermes, within the shape ofa pillar with genitalia, has principally profited from the cult of the phallus preferred via the Dionsysian ritual" (Jean Mercadé, Eros Kalas, p. 89). The identify of Hermes derives from Hermaï—the cairn, or heap of stones, positioned at roadsides, to which for the reason that prehistoric occasions has been attributed either a protecting and a fertilizing presence. remodeled into columns and topped with a head, the stones turned clone of the god that bore their identify (see p. 10). The Apollo cult derived in equivalent degree from those stone piles, which have been constantly precise indicators of the solar god in addition. India: Tantric phallic portray photo by way of Lance Dane. Legend areas the start of Hermes in a cavern on Mount Cyllene, and the manufactured from the rape by way of Zeus of Maïa, the goddess Earth. His mom deposited him in a ritually consecrated willow basket.