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Influence of the Phallic Idea in the Religions of Antiquity

By Wake, C. Staniland

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Title: Influence of the Phallic Idea in the Religions of Antiquity  
Author: Wake, C. Staniland
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Sacred Sexuality, Kama Sutra
Collections: Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Internet Sacred Text Archive (ISTA)


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Staniland, W. C. (1870). Influence of the Phallic Idea in the Religions of Antiquity. Retrieved from

Description: The first step in the inquiry is to ascertain the origin of the superstition in question. Faber ingeniously referred to a primitive universal belief in a great father, the curious connection seen to exist between nearly all non-Christian mythologies, and he saw in phallic worship a degradation of this belief. Such an explanation as this is, however, not satisfactory; since, not only does it require the assumption of a primitive divine revelation, but proof is still wanting that all peoples have, or ever had, any such notion of a great parent of mankind as that supposed to have been revealed. And yet there is a valuable germ of truth in this hypothesis. The phallic superstition is founded essentially in the family idea.


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