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(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Sex is a basic human drive. Propagation is creation, an activity linked with the gods. But because it can so easily get out of control, most religions have a difficult time deciding how to deal with it. Some, such as traditional monotheistic religions, generally look upon sex as a necessary evil and tightly fence it in with rules and regulations.

Other religions, such as Hinduism, have tended to celebrate it, recognizing powerful divine forces at work. Shiva (see Hinduism) is the Hindu god most often pictured with the phallic symbols of lingam and yoni, stylizations of male and female sexual organs. The lingam is often pictured as the shaft upon which the wheel of samsara, the wheel of life, revolves. And archaeological sites going back to the very first humans display elaborate caves, opening into the "womb" of the earth, decorated with red ochre and described, in the polite jargon of academic texts, as being representations of "that opening through which we all enter the world."

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The first step for Lingam and Kappagantula was to research bamboo as they had no experience nor exposure to products made from the plant.
That's big enough to carry living passengers across interstellar or even intergalactic distances,' Lingam shared.
Narayana con su lingam, el "principio vivificador", e Iswara con su yoni, "el poder de la naturaleza", se miran y se gustan: el poder de Brahma los pone inmediatamente en idem y acontece coyunda cosmica.
The hundreds of years old Shiva Lingam has developed cracks prompted the trustees to install new one.
wearing Kushan clothing worshiping a Lingam, the later omnipresent
Lingam is a prominent lawyer who has handled several cases for Mahathir.
But they were apprehensive and took four months to cough up Rs 1 lakh for the project," says Lingam.
The Rudraksha Shiva Lingam has been created by Batuk Vyas, a devotee of Lord Shiva and Rudraksha expert, every year during the Mahashivratri festival.
In the video, a man resembling Lingam is seen talking on his mobile phone how he, together with a business tycoon and a Cabinet minister, was able to broker the appointments of several pro-government judges and fix high-profile cases.
Addressing a press conference, Lingam pointed out that all the appointed state co-ordinators were busy looking after the management of the Tamil schools at state level.
Lingam, was heard boasting on the telephone, how he, together with businessman Vincent Tan Chee Yioun and then Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs Tengku Adnan Mansor had been able to broker the appointments of several pro-government judges and fix high-profile cases.
To pottiah tank in cascading system of pottiah tank lingam kunta tank in pedavegi (m) in w.