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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 house Lingam built in Hyderabad's Uppal was of about 800 square feet.
"That much plastic was saved from being incinerated it was used to construct a new house," Lingam said.
The first step for Lingam and Kappagantula was to research bamboo as they had no experience nor exposure to products made from the plant.
Segun un libro titulado Servarasa (inencontrable) la tribu de los yavana defendia la preeminencia de la yoni sobre el lingam en materia de belleza y procreacion, y de la mujer sobre el hombre en consecuencia.
It is also the 3rd largest temple in the world due to the size of the Shiva Lingam. The temple became derelict over time and has seen restoration work done in the past and also after the 2005 earthquake that ravaged Pakistan.
Gupta was unavailable for comment on the issue of the melting Shivling but pilgrims attested to the fact that the lingam now stands at just nine feet.
The managing trustees of the Madurai Meenakshi-Sundraswara have all set to replace the existing Shiva Lingam with new 'Spadiga Lingam'.
wearing Kushan clothing worshiping a Lingam, the later omnipresent
Lingam with the covert assistance of his close friends, Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan, to involve themselves actively in the appointment of judges, in particular, the appointment of Tun Ahmad Fairuz as the Chief Judge Malaya and subsequently as President Court of Appeal.
Alongside the show's other works-botched photos intended to document the Detroit River shoreline and the sculpture in the backyard of one of Kelley's teachers; staged documentary photos tracking the Land O'Lakes Girl; an actual documentary suite concerning the environs of Kelley's childhood home; and Lingam and Yoni, 2002, a set of eight sculptures (named after islands in the Detroit River) made of dirt and detritus "scavenged" from their namesakes--Kelley's archives make my brain and heart hurt.
In addition to fruits, flowers, and milk, priests here were seen offering 'Bhabhuti' (ashes) to the 'Lingam.'
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