The Phallus: Sacred Symbol of Male Creative PowerAlain Daneilou

The Phallus: Sacred Symbol of Male Creative PowerAlain Daneilou

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Intrigued by the erotic and spiritual symbolism of the penis? This lushly illustrated guidebook explores this topic through photographs text.

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. 

  • Overviews the symbolism of creative forces in general
  • Examines the representation of male fertility
    • Menhirs or standing stones of prehistoric Europe
    • Mahalinga and Svayambhu of India
    • ancient Greek Omphalos
  • Surveys the presence of ithyphallic gods
    • in archaic shamanistic religions (the Lord of the Animals)
    •   the Greek pantheon (Hermes, Priapus)
    • Hindu deities (Ardhanarishvara, the androgyne)
  • 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
  • Celebrates the expression of the masculine in the religious traditions of East and West
  • Inculdes glossary of terms
  •  Includes bibliography
  • 1995 Paperback
  • 128 pages

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