from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The worship of the penis or phallus, especially connected with fertility.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See phallism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Phallic worship; worship of the organs of sex or of the generative principle in nature. Also phallism.
It is not difficult to understand, therefore, why primitive man paid divine honours to the organs of sex in man and woman, or to such things as he considered symbolical of them -- that is to say, to understand the extensiveness of those religions which are grouped under the term "phallicism".
A shape of itself is a mathematical abstraction until we lumber it with our own meaning, and to infer any such meaning as phallicism, puns on condominium notwithstanding, it seems to me you would have to show intention.
Even the British Museum does not include works on phallicism in its catalogue, and special permission has to be obtained to consult them.
At any rate, an isolated phenomenon, such as this, cannot be held to controvert the view that regards phallicism as in this normal line.
In view of the astrological symbolism of these metals, that gold should be masculine, silver feminine, does not surprise us, because the idea of the masculinity of the sun and the femininity of the moon is a bit of phallicism that still remains with us.
And, as I have said before, that phallicism usually appears to have degenerated into immorality of a very pronounced type is to be deplored, but an immoral view of human relations is by no means a necessary corollary to a sexual theory of the universe. 143
I want, in conclusion to these brief introductory remarks, to say a few words concerning phallicism in connection with my topic.
But archæological research having established the fact that phallicism has, at one time or another, been common to nearly all races, it seems probable that the Arunta tribe represents a deviation from the normal line of mental evolution.
The rocking phallicism in radio music of passing cars,
Signs of phallicism among the ancient Hebrews can be clearly pointed out; the serpent was a phallic symbol.
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