Phallic saint

Phallic saints are representations of saints or local deities who are invoked for fertility. The representations of the phallus are benevolent symbols of prolificacy and reproductive fruitfulness, and objects of reverence and especial worship among barren women and young girls.

Description

Phallic saints are representations of actual saints or local deities who are invoked for fertility. More than vulgar representations of the phallus, phallic saints are benevolent symbols of prolificacy and reproductive fruitfulness, and objects of reverence and especial worship among barren women and young girls.[1]

Association

Many are legitimate saints who acquired their priapic attributes through the process of folk etymology. Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803)[2] reported that, among the wax representations of body parts then presented as offerings to Cosmas and Damian at Isernia, near Naples, on their feast day, those of the penis are the most common.[3] Hamiliton's observations led Richard Payne Knight to write his Account of the Remains of the Worship of Priapus, in which he reproduced examples of the effigies.

List of phallic saints

See also

References

  1. The Minor Themes, ourcivilisation.com
  2. Sir William Hamilton was the husband of Emma, Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Horatio Nelson.
  3. Whitney Davis, Wax Tokens of Libido Archived 2008-05-28 at the Wayback Machine, arthistory.berkeley.edu
  4. Worship of the Generative Powers: Priapus Worship, sacred-texts.com
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