Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wayfarers Must Anoint The Hermetic Phallus.

In Greco-Roman archeology, a Herm is a stone, bronze, or terra-cotta marker--originally placed at a crossroads or at territorial boundaries. In classical Athens, homeowners would erect Herma outside entrances of their houses for good luck.

These stone carvings consisted of a bearded human head (ie, of the god Hermes or Mercury) set on top of a rectangular or square stone column (typically between 1 & 2 meters high) with no arms or legs but a prominent phallus carved to protrude about halfway up the column.

By classical times, before taking long journeys, wayfarers would anoint and rub the Herm's phallus with olive oil as a libation to HERMES/MERCURY, the God of Travel.

In historical literature (such as Alcibiades) it was suggested that vandalism of a Herm was considered one of the most impious acts imaginable among classical pagans.

1 comment:

Larry Jones said...

Hi MoonEyedGirl - My blog is almost ten years old, and occasionally I go back and read an old entry. Today I read one from 2004 with the title "Outsmarting
. It was mildly interesting, and I remembered that I wrote it specifically for you to read. You commented on the post, and today when I clicked on your comment, the link brought me here. I think you were "Melissa" for a while in those days, then "She-Hulk," and after that I lost track.

None of my old blogging pals are still writing (having moved on to Facebook or Twitter), so it's nice to see someone is still at it. I can understand the appeal of other social networks -- it's easier to post a cell phone picture or a hundred-word "update" than to write what amounts to an essay. revision99 (my blog) is semi-dormant, but I still post things now and then when I get fired up. Takes an effort, though.

Anyway, this is just to say hello and hope you are well and happy.