PHALLIC WORSHIP – Veneration to the Author of Life
The Phallus, or Lingam, which stood for the image of the male organ, or emblem of creation, has been worshipped from time immemorial and often mixed with Star, Serpent, and Tree Worship.
Phallicism and the worship of the reproductive powers is not solely a Thai or Indian practice but are represented by religious iconography across the globe. The one male, the active creative power; the other the female or passive power. The only difference between the Phallus and the Cross being the degree of disguise. The Thai Palad khik has the same origins as the Christian cross.
The Phallus and its emblems were representative of the gods Bacchus, Priapus, Hercules, Shiva, Osiris, Baal, and Asher, who were all Phallic deities. The symbols were used as signs of the great creative energy.
The powers of nature were sexualised and endowed with the same feelings, passions, and performing the same functions as human beings. Among the ancients, whether the Sun, the Serpent, or the Phallic Emblem. All were worshipped.
The idea was the same as the veneration of the generative principle. Thus we find a close relationship between the various mythologies of the ancient nations, and by a comparison of the creeds, ideas, and symbols, can see that they spring from the same source, namely, the worship of the forces and operations of nature, the original of which was doubtless Sun worship.
The Sun was worshipped under various names, and venerated as the Creator, Light, Source of Life, and the Giver of Food. In the earliest times the worship of the generative power was of the most simple and pure character, the homage of man to the supreme power, the Author of life.
Afterwards the worship became more depraved, a religion of feeling, sensuous bliss, corrupted by a priest-hood who were not slow to take advantage of this state of affairs with mysterious ceremonies, union of gods with women, religious prostitution and other degrading rites. Thus it was not long before the emblems lost their pure and simple meaning and became licentious statues and debased objects. Hence we have the depraved ceremonies at the worship of Bacchus, who became, not only the representative of the creative power, but the God of pleasure.
Symbolical representations of the phallus in many cultures has been long lost and forgotten such as poles, crosses, pillars and stones, all of which were sacred to Hindu, Egyptian, and Jewish divinities.
The word Phallus survives in German pfahl, and pole in English. Phallus is supposed to be of Phoenician origin, the Greek word pallo, or phallo. In Sanskrit it can be traced to phal, and is also the name of Shiva and Mahadeva, Hindu deities. The Indian designation of this idol was Lingam
Shiva, the most ancient widely worshipped, and the foremost of the Indian deities with prehistoric origins, and the third of the Hindu Trinity—and the most widely worshipped and edified male deity in the Hindu pantheon, is worshipped much more commonly in the form of the Lingam, or the phallus. Evidence of phallic worship in India dates back to prehistoric times. Stone Lingams with several varieties of stylized "heads", or the glans, are found to this date in many of the old temples, and in museums in India and abroad. The famous "man-size" lingam in the Parashurameshwar Temple in the Chitoor District of the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh, better known as the Gudimallam Lingam, is about 1.5 metres (5 ft) in height, carved in polished black granite.
The phallus was ubiquitous in ancient Roman culture, particularly in the form of the fascinum, a phallic charm. The ruins of Pompeii produced bronze wind chimes (tintinnabula) that featured the phallus, often in multiples, to ward off the evil eye and other malevolent influences. Statues of Priapus similarly guarded gardens. Roman boys wore the bulla, an amulet that contained a phallic charm, until they formally came of age. According to Augustine of Hippo, the cult of Father Liber, who presided over the citizen's entry into political and sexual manhood, involved a phallus. The phallic deity Mutunus Tutunus promoted marital sex. A sacred phallus was among the objects considered vital to the security of the Roman state which were in the keeping of the Vestal Virgins.
In traditional Greek mythology, Hermes, god of boundaries and exchange (popularly the messenger god) is considered to be a phallic deity by association with representations of him on herms (pillars) featuring a phallus. Pan, son of Hermes, was often depicted as having an exaggerated erect phallus.
Blavatsky gives an account of the Bimlang Stone, to be found at Narmada and other places, sacred to the Hindu deity Shiva. These emblem stones were anointed, like the stone consecrated by the Patriarch Jacob.
Blavatsky further says that these stones are identical in shape, meaning, and purpose with the pillars set up by the several patriarchs to mark their adoration of the Lord God. In fact, one of these patriarchal lithoi might even now be carried in the Sivaitic processions of Calcutta without its Hebrew derivation being suspected.
The Pole was an emblem of the Phallus, and with the serpent upon it, was a representative of its divine wisdom and symbol of life. The serpent upon the tree is the same in character, both are representative of the tree of life. The story of Moses will well illustrate this, when he erected in the wilderness this effigy, which stood as a sign of hope and life, as the cross is used by the Catholics of the present day.
A maypole is a tall wooden pole erected as a part of various European folk festivals, around which a maypole dance often takes place. The festival usually takes place occurs on May day (May 1st) or Pentecost. It is believed that the maypole has Phallic symbolism, an ancient symbol of fertility and also of the Egyptian God and King Osiris’ phallus. A modern day ancient phallic symbol that represents the male generative powers, the return of summer, and the growth of new vegetation.
The same idea of the creator is still to be seen in India, Egypt, Phoenicia, the Mediterranean, Europe, and Denmark, depicted on stone relics. from the plain and self-evident to the disguised, and from the unclothed privy member to the cross.
The Christian cross, then, as now, is simply an emblem of the Creator, used as a token of resurrection or regeneration. The Triad, or Trinity, has been traced to Phoenicia, Egypt, Japan, and India ; the triple deities Asshur, Anu, and Hea
This mark of the Christians, Greeks, and Hebrews became the sign or type of the deities representing the Phallic trinity, and in time became the figure of the cross.
The fig-leaf, having three lobes to it, became a symbol of the triad. As the male genital organs were held in early times to exemplify the actual male creative power, various natural objects were used to express the theistic idea, and at the same time point to those parts of the human form.
The Mara Kannon Shrine in Nagato, Yamaguchi prefecture is one of many fertility shrines in Japan that still exist today
The worship of the Phallus was also an important part of the Hebrew nation. This is evident when we consider the importance given to circumcision as a covenant between God and man. From Herodotus we are informed that the Syrians learned circumcision from the Egyptians, as did the Hebrews.
Another equally suggestive custom among the Patriarchs in that era was the act of taking the oath in which the one who took the oath put his hand under the thigh of the adjurer. The genital member, which is meant by the euphemistic expression thigh, was regarded as the most sacred part of the body, the creative organ being symbol of the Creator, and the object of worship among all nations of antiquity
The earliest sacred places of the Jews were sacred stones, or stone circles, succeeded in time by temples. These early emblems of the Creator, or stone pillars,were erected by the Israelites, which in no way differed from the erections of the Gentiles, were also used by the Hebrews as a memorial of a sacred covenant, for we find Jacob setting up a pillar as a witness, that he would not pass over it. Connected with this pillar worship is the ceremony of anointing by pouring oil upon the pillar, as practiced by Jacob at Bethel. Pouring of oil upon a stone is practiced to this very day upon many a shapeless stones throughout India.
The ark of the covenant was a most sacred symbol in the worship of the Jews, and like the sacred boat, or ark of Osiris, contained the symbol of the principle of life, or creative power. The symbol was preserved with great veneration in a miniature tabernacle, which was considered the special and sanctified abode of the god. In size and manner of construction the ark of the Jews and the sacred chest of Osiris of the Egyptians were exactly alike, and were carried in processions in a similar manner.
The ark or chest of Osiris was attended by the priests, and was borne on the shoulders of men by means of staves. The ark when taken from the temple was placed upon a table, or stand, made expressly for the purpose, and was attended by a procession similar to that which followed the Jewish ark. According to Faber, the ark was a symbol of the earth or female principle, containing the germ of all animated nature, and regarded as the great mother whence all things sprung.
Thus the ark, earth, and goddess, were represented by common symbols, and spoken of in the old Testament as the ashera. The sacred emblems carried in the ark of the Egyptians were the Phallus, the Egg, and the Serpent; the first representing the sun, fire, and male or generative principle the Creator; the second, the passive or female, the germ of all animated things, the Preserver; and the last the Destroyer : the Three of the sacred Trinity.
It is said that Osiris was torn to pieces by the wicked Typhon, who after cutting up the body, distributed the parts over the earth. Isis recovered the scattered limbs, and brought them back to Egypt ; but, being unable to find the part which distinguished his sex, she had an image made of wood, which was enshrined in an ark, and ordered to be solemnly carried about in the festivals she had instituted in his honour, and celebrated with certain secret rites.
An American writer says there is sufficient evidence that the religious customs of the Mexicans, Peruvians and other American races, are nearly identical with those of the ancient Phoenicians. . . . We moreover discover that many of their religious terms have, etymologically, the same origin. Similarly temples erected at Stonehenge and other places, were of a Phoenician origin which was simply a temple of the god Bacchus.