St. Priapus Church
Priapus, a divine personification of the penis
|Regions with significant populations|
|Scripture of the Holy Seed|
Formation and tenets
St. Priapus Church was founded in Montreal, Quebec, by D. F. Cassidy and has found a following mainly among homosexual men in Canada and the United States. The church, which is named after the Greek god Priapus, teaches that the phallus is the source of life, beauty, joy, and pleasure.
The phallus is to be worshipped, which can be accomplished by a variety of sexual acts, including group masturbation. Semen is also treated with reverence and its consumption is an act of worship. Similarly, fellatio is strongly encouraged; St. Priapus Church sees it as a commandment, a good deed which has positive effects not just for the recipient but for society in general, a practice facilitating world peace. (Well-fellated men, the church teaches, are less likely to make war.)
There are nine centres of the church in Canada and eight in the United States. The largest membership of the church resides in San Francisco, California, and it has its headquarters in Montreal.
- "Montreal's Penis Temple Dedicated To Every Member", Huffington Post, 30 March 2015.
- J. Gordon Melton. (1996). Encyclopedia of American Religions, 5th ed, p. 952. Detroit, MI: Gale, ISBN 0-8103-7714-4.
- Wayne Dynes [Ed.]. (1990). Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, p. 779. New York: Garland.
- Daniel Eisenberg. (1997). Pasado, presente y perspectivas del teléfono erótico. El cortejo de Afrodita. Ensayos sobre literatura hispánica y erotismo, anejo 11, pp. 105–114. [ Actas del Segundo Coloquio Internacional de Erótica Hispana (1997), Málaga ], Analecta Malacitana. ISBN 8492217235.
- Andy Nyberg. (1983-09). St. Priapus Church: The Organized Religion. The Advocate, pp. 35–37.