|I suppose most of these items do 'condense' the sexual aspect down to it's essential forms... the lingam and yoni.|
Maybe the amulet was a way for a male to 'possess' the female power, sort of like the way the aborigines of Australia would perform drastic circumcisions with the intent of giving the male a sort of vagina of his own, granting him a form of 'power' over the real thing.
As for patriarchal religion's need to 'purify' the woman in order to make her worthy of worship, I'm skeptical that the intent is anything but another form of male distrust of women's sexuality.
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|Posted by handofdave|
18th May 2009ce