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Priapus

(prīā`pəs), in Greek religion, fertility god of gardens and herds; son of Aphrodite and Dionysus. He was represented as a grotesque little man with an enormous phallus. Priapus was important in fertility rites.
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Priapus; Priapic Wand

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

In Greek mythology, Priapus was a faunlike creature with an erect phallus. A son of Aphrodite, he ensured the fecundity of crops, animals, and humans. He also presided over the vine, bees, and fishing. While still in Aphrodite's womb, he was cursed by Hera, who had been offended by Aphrodite's pregnancy. Hera cursed Priapus with large, ugly features, including an enormous, always-erect penis. Aphrodite found her son so hideous that she abandoned him to the care of shepherds.

In some modern traditions of Wicca, a phallic, or priapic, wand is used in rites. The priapic wand is carved like a penis, or it may be tipped with a pine cone to represent the organ of fertility. In Witchcraft, the ends of the handles of broomsticks, pitchforks, and riding poles were frequently carved to represent a phallus. These were ridden, like hobby-horses, between the legs, in rites associated with bringing fertility to the fields.

(See also Phallic Worship.)

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Priapus

 

in ancient religion, a fertility divinity originating in Asia Minor. He was considered the protector of vineyards and orchards. Sacrifices of grains, milk, and honey were made to him.

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Priapus

son of Aphrodite and Dionysus; grotesque man with huge phallus. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 233]

Priapus

monstrous genitals led him on the wayward path. [Rom. Myth.: Hall, 252]
See: Lust

Priapus

male generative power personified. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 27, 224]
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