Archive for October, 2012

Demonic sex

Posted in Pagan and occult with tags , , , on October 23, 2012 by alvinavalon

Demons copulating in Nepalese temple carvingDemons of one form or another exist in the folklore of all the world’s cultures, and there is often a close connection between demons and sexuality. Stories of demons having sexual intercourse with humans are particularly common, but what is more unusual—as seen here—is the depiction of one demon copulating with another demon. This stone carving is one of a number of erotic sculptures that can be seen at the 16th century Char Narayan temple at Patan near Kathmandu in Nepal.

Fascinus

Posted in Esoteric symbolism, Pagan and occult with tags , , , , , , on October 20, 2012 by alvinavalon

Ancient Roman depiction of a magical phallus - FascinusFascinus was an ancient Roman deity who, like Priapus, was associated with worship of the phallus or male sexual organ. But whereas Priapus was depicted as a humanoid figure with an oversized penis, Fascinus was often portrayed simply as an animated penis, as in this stone carving found at the Roman amphitheatre at Nîmes in France.

Stone carvings of this kind were believed to possess magical powers that could ward off evil influences. The name Fascinus is connected with our word “fascinate”, which literally means to bewitch or enchant. For the same reason, women in ancient Rome often wore phallic-shaped pendants around their necks.

Yab-Yum

Posted in Esoteric symbolism, Tantric sex with tags , , , , on October 14, 2012 by alvinavalon

Yab-Yum is the fundamental position of Tantric sex. The male partner, representing the God Shiva, sits cross-legged while the female partner, representing the Goddess Shakti, lowers her yoni (vulva) onto his erect lingam (penis) and commences to ride him for an extended session of gentle, face-to-face sexual intercourse. This symbolism is derived from Hindu Tantra, in which the female deity is seen as spiritually and physically superior to the male.

The Yab-Yum position of sexual intercourse (Buddhist version)In Buddhism the situation is rather different. As shown on the left, the female partner, referred to as a “consort”, is physically much smaller than the Buddha. While artistic representations of this type are also called “Yab-Yum”, they are not meant as a practical sexual technique but as an aid to meditation. The male figure signifies wisdom and the female compassion, while the act of copulation represents the mystical union of these two fundamental principles.

Naked Enlightenment

Posted in The Mystic East, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 6, 2012 by alvinavalon

Parshvanatha - "naked Buddha"The statue on the left is on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Many people will automatically interpret it as a “naked Buddha”… but in fact it is not intended to depict the Buddha and has no connection with the Buddhist religion. The figure shown is Parshvanatha, one of the Tirthankaras of the Jain religion. Jainism, like Buddhism, is a living religion, but it is much less well-known in the West. The two religions have many features in common, and Jain Tirthankaras are comparable to Buddhas in their state of spiritual enlightenment as well as their physical appearance. But Buddhas are always depicted wearing robes, whereas Parshvanatha is completely naked, like monks of the Digambara (“sky-clad”) sect today.

Unlike Hindu Gods such as Shiva, who – when depicted in unclothed form – are typically shown with large erections, Parshvanatha is notable for the diminutive size of his penis. Similar iconography is common in the depiction of Tirthankaras, as well as other Jain figures such as Bahubali.

Andromache

Posted in Mythology with tags , , , , on October 2, 2012 by alvinavalon

Andromache - sex position with woman on topIn Greek mythology, Andromache was the wife of the Trojan hero Hector. According to some versions of the legend, Andromache was an Amazon – a powerful female warrior – and her name (which is pronounced “Andromaki”) literally means “she fights like a man”.

Because of her powerful, dominant nature, Andromache has given her name to a position for sexual intercourse in which the women straddles the male partner and rides on top of him. This position is also popular in Tantra, which has its roots in the female-dominant, Goddess-worshipping tradition of ancient India. The Sanskrit word for this sexual position, as used in the Kama Sutra, is Purushayita, meaning “virile behaviour”.