The Phallus: Sacred Symbol of Male Creative Power [NOOK Book]

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Beginning with an overview of the symbolism of creative forces in general, The Phallus first examines the representation of male fertility in such forms as the menhirs or standing stones of prehistoric Europe; the Mahalinga and Svayambhu of India; and the ancient Greek Omphalos. The second part of the book surveys the presence of ithyphallic gods in archaic shamanistic religions (the Lord of the Animals), the Greek pantheon (Hermes, Priapus), and the Hindu deities (Ardhanarishvara, the androgyne). Danielou also ...
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Overview

Beginning with an overview of the symbolism of creative forces in general, The Phallus first examines the representation of male fertility in such forms as the menhirs or standing stones of prehistoric Europe; the Mahalinga and Svayambhu of India; and the ancient Greek Omphalos. The second part of the book surveys the presence of ithyphallic gods in archaic shamanistic religions (the Lord of the Animals), the Greek pantheon (Hermes, Priapus), and the Hindu deities (Ardhanarishvara, the androgyne). Danielou also explores the role of Shaivist and Dionysian initiatory rites in bringing men into communion with the creative forces of life. Illustrated throughout with photographs and line drawings of European and Indian art, The Phallus celebrates the expression of the masculine in the religious traditions of East and West.

Phallic imagery, in one form or another, may be found in the artistic traditions of virtually every world culture since prehistoric times. Alain Danielou here unveils the religious impulse underlying art that at first glance seems to have no purpose beyond the erotic.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594777318
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.
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Table of Contents

Sacred Symbol of Male Creative Power

Introduction


Part One: The Cult of the Phallus
1. Historical Sources
2. Symbolism
3. Representations of the Phallus
4. Indirect Representations of the Phallus
Part Two: The Ithyphallic God
5. The Lord of the Animals
6. The Guardian God
7. The Animal and Plant Forms of the God
8. Names and Aspects of the Ithyphallic God
9. The Survivals


Glossary of Sanskrit Terms

Bibliography

About the Author

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