Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Sacred Vagina

The traditional design of most patriarchal religious buildings of worship imitate the female body. Thus, there is an outer and inner entrance, labia majora and labia minora, a central vaginal aisle towards the alter, two curved ovarian structures on either side, and in the sacred center, the alter or womb, where the miracle takes place, where males give birth.

The central ceremony of patriarchal religions is one in which men take over the yoni-power of creation by giving birth symbolically. No wonder male religious leaders so often say that humans were born in sin - because we were born to female creatures. Only by obeying the rules of the patriarchy can we be reborn through men.

No wonder priests and ministers in skirts sprinkle imitation birth fluid over our heads, give us new names and promise rebirth into everlasting life. No wonder the male priesthood tried to keep women away from the alter, just as women are kept away from the control of our own powers of reproduction. Symbolic or real, it's all devoted to controlling the power that resides in the female body.

~Excerpt taken from The Vagina Monologues~


Dawson said...

I'm not sure I understand your intention behind this article... is it to point out a shocking similarity?

To uncover possible sexist conspiracy?

Or are you trying to make it so I can't walk into any Christian church without thinking about men's vaginal envy, the religious oppression of women, and becoming aroused by the very architecture of the church... effectively filling my head with thoughts about vaginas while I'm trying to worship?