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How the Sacred Whore Fell

by Levana Lindentree and Bestia Mortale

The sacred whore appears in the earliest records, integral to society when humans were first gathering in cities and learning to write. The major work of the oldest known author, the Sumerian priestess Enheduanna, is a paean to the hierodule (sacred whore) of heaven, the goddess Inanna, Wendy Mulford writes in Love Poems by Women. In Babylon, center of the Akkadian civilization that adopted Sumer’s customs after conquering it, women prostituted themselves to all comers for the glory of Ishtar, a later cognate of Inanna. Still later, in ancient Greece and Rome, temple prostitution flourished. Cultures from Japan to Africa have honored the sacred whore.

Things are different now. In most world cultures today, prostitution, far from being sacred, carries by definition a weight of shame: “Prostituted” has come to mean, according to Webster’s Dictionary, “devoted to base or unworthy purposes, debased by venality, as in prostituting one’s talents.” How could you sink so low as to prostitute yourself? People across the political spectrum agree prostitution degrades women, destroys family values, is disgusting, sad and a symptom of social decay.

Read the original article at: Widdershins

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