Vestal virgins and sacred prostitution

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Mention the Sacred Whore to most people and you'll get raised eyebrows or disgusted grimaces. Many of us believe that prostitution is all about money for street hookers, fame for Hollywood starlets, or security for suburban housewifes. Prophetic texts, rituals, and icons are called sacred, even particular mountains or rivers are considered sacred, but whores?

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The Epic of Gilgamesh has a priestess have a whole lot of sex with the wild Enkidu in order to civilize him, which would presumably count as a positive portrayal, contrary to much of the other evidence that was written by opponents of the practice. This would have included the practice of the sacred marriage, in which a priestess would take on the role of a goddess in order to pass on her blessings to the king through sexual intercourse. The Bible mentions temple prostitutes in Judah, with the writers clearly disapproving of the practice.

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Vestal Virginsin Roman religionsix priestesses, representing the daughters of the royal house, who tended the state cult of Vestathe goddess of the hearth. The cult is believed to date to the 7th century bc ; like other non-Christian cults, it was banned in ad by Theodosius I. Afterward they could marry, but few did.

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The College of the Vestals and its well-being were regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome. They cultivated the sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. The Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children and took a year vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were forbidden to the colleges of male priests. Religion in ancient Rome Imperial cult Glossary of ancient Roman religion.

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Time has come for another story about women in ancient Rome, this time it will be about a very special group of priestesses: the Vestal Virgins. Easy to say, they were the priestesses of the goddess Vestaone of the most archaic and important divinities of the Roman pantheon. In few word we can say that she was the protector goddess of Rome, goddess of the hearth.

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The Vestal Virgins and the permanent placement of the religious institution, the College of Vesta, existed throughout Roman antiquity. They were a strictly female Fantham et al. The Vestal Virgins existed long before the creation of the Roman Empire, however it is unknown for how long.

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As women, we can't separate our personal selves from our professional selves just as we can't separate our sexual selves from our everyday selves, they are one in the same. It is our erotic self that gives us energy and makes us good at what we do. I know it is wrong to see him again, but it always feels so right.

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Jupiter IuppiterDiovis Pater, was the light-father, worshiped on hilltops, whom men called to witness their agreements. Minerva had come in from Falerii as patron of craftsmen and their guilds, and had also her own temple on the Aventine. Collectively they are known as the Capitoline Triad, and when Roman power had expanded to encompass an empire, the central temple of many Roman cities - in Italy and further afield - was often dedicated to this Capitoline Triad. Categories with related articles in this website: Ancient Greek and Roman Religion and Myths 35 articles factsanddetails.

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The Eastern tradition is not the only one to give the vision that the terraforming gods had about sexuality and its role. Very influenced by the wisdom of the former gods, Egyptian texts contain specific advice. The travelers of antiquity were welcomed in temples dedicated to vestals whose noble role was to give love without counting, without sparing its pain and pleasure. This ancient tradition is almost universal.

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