Priapus

Priapus
/pruy ay"peuhs/, n.
1. Class. Myth. a god of male procreative power, the son of Dionysus and Aphrodite.
2. (l.c.) a phallus.

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Greek god of animal and vegetable fertility.

He was represented in a caricature of the human form, grotesquely misshapen, with an enormous phallus. The ass was sacrificed in his honor, probably because it symbolized lecherousness and was associated with the god's sexual potency. His father was Dionysus and his mother was either a local nymph or Aphrodite. In Hellenistic times the worship of Priapus spread throughout the ancient world, and he was adopted as the god of gardens.

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      in Greek religion, a god of animal and vegetable fertility whose originally Asian cult started in the Hellespontine regions, centring especially on Lampsacus. He was represented in a caricature of the human form, grotesquely misshapen, with an enormous phallus. The ass was sacrificed in his honour, probably because the ass symbolized lecherousness and was associated with the god's sexual potency. In Greek mythology his father was Dionysus, the wine god; his mother was either a local nymph or Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

      In Hellenistic times Priapus' worship spread throughout the ancient world. Sophisticated urban society tended to regard him with ribald amusement, but in the country he was adopted as a god of gardens, his statue serving as a combined scarecrow and guardian deity. He was also the patron of seafarers and fishermen and of others in need of good luck; his presence was thought to avert the evil eye.

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