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Sex and Sex Worship

(Phallic Worship)

A Scientific Treatise on Sex, its Nature and Function, and its Influence on Art,‘ Science, Architecture, and Religion—with Special Reference to Sex Worship and Symbolism

By O. A. WALL, M.D., Ph.G., Ph.M. (1920)

In imitation of these ancient theories that the Creator was androgynous or hermaphrodite, and no doubt derived from the same folk-lore, some philosophers held the same view in regard to Yahweh (Jehovah or Elohim), the god or the Demiurge of the Old Testament.
We read in the twenty-seventh verse of the first chapter of Genesis: “So God created man in his own image; male and female created He them” (in his own image; male and female created He them).
And this is emphasized by repetition in the more explicit statement in verses 1 and 2, chap. v, of Genesis: “In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he them; and God blessed them, and called their name Adam.”
The Talmud (Hebrew Traditions) says that Adam was created androgynous. His head reached the clouds.

God caused a sleep to fall on him, and God took something away from all his members (seco, to cut off—the same idea) and these parts he fashioned into ordinary men and women and scattered them throughout the world.
After Lilith (Adam’s first wife, a mother ' of demons and giants) deserted Adam, God separated Adam into his two sexual parts; he took one of Adam’s ribs -and made Eve from it.
Philo, a Jewish philosopher contemporaneous with Jesus, said that Adam was a double, androgynous or hermaphrodite being “in the likeness of God.”

Philo said that “God separated Adam into his two sexual component parts, one male, other female——Eve—taken from his side. Longing for reunion which love inspired in divided halves of originally dual being, is source of sexual pleasure, which is beginning of all transgressions.”
The Targum of Jonathan relates that Eve was made from the thirteenth rib of Adam’s right side; even modern theologists have held that Adam had one more rib than his descendants.

Plato, a Greek philosopher, explained the amatory instincts and inclinations of men and women by the assertion that human beings were at first androgynous; Zeus separated them into unisexual halves, and they seek to become reunited.

The Hindus explain the creation of the different animals in this way: Purusha was alone in the world, and very lonesome. He therefore divided himself into two beings, man and wife;

the wife regarded union with him to be incestuous, on account of their former close relationship, and fled from his amorous advances and embraces, and to elude him changed herself to various forms;
but Purusha assumed the same shapes as his wife and in these forms succeeded in his pursuit, and begat with her the various animals, of the shapes that his wife had assumed.
In the writings of Hesiod (the old Greek Bible) occurs the story of how Cronus (the Latin god Saturn) separated Heaven and Earth with a sickle, by cutting off the sexual organs of his father Uranus.

In one of the compartments of the hewn cave temples of Elephanta, near Bombay, there are a great many figures of ancient workmanship, representing Siva with his Sakti or wife, Parvati, as one being of an hermaphrodite nature.

One of these figures is about 16 feet high, having both male and female parts, or being half male, half female. The androgynous form of Siva and Parvati, before separation, was called Viraj.

The idea that originally gods and men were hermaphrodite, and had to be separated into uni-sexual beings, accounts for the word “sex,” derived from secus, and this in turn from the word seco, to amputate, to cut apart.
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