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Delos - 08 Columns with phallus at the Stoivadeion

Identifier

022519

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

 

The platform of the Stoivadeion dedicated to Dionysus bears a statue of the god of wine and ‘the life-force’. On either side of the platform, a pillar supports a colossal phallus, the symbol of Dionysus. The southern pillar, which is decorated with relief scenes from the Dionysiac circle, was erected c. 300 BCE to ‘celebrate a winning theatrical performance’.

The statue of Dionysus was originally flanked by those of two actors impersonating Paposilenoi (conserved in the Archaeological Museum of Delos). The marble theatre is a rebuilding of an older one, undertaken shortly after 300 BCE.

 

The source of the experience

Shaivism

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Suppressions

Sex magick
Sexual stimulation

Commonsteps

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