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  •  and it's not only (4+ / 0-)

    the world's oldest profession, it seems to be a sacred one.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 06:45:35 PM PDT

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    •  Temple prostitution is a very interesting twist. (3+ / 0-)
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      Laurence Lewis, texasmom, commonmass

      It reflects the primitive awe of the early farmers at how amazingly, stunningly fertile land could be - and how vulnerable to natural forces such as storms and drought the farmer was. Michener's The Source has a very vivid description of this.

      How temple prostitution worked varied. Pretty clearly it was more mainstream than prostitution today, which mostly hits runaways, the sexually abused, and drug addicts. Back then many women did it, and in some places all women had to offer their virginity to the temple. In those cases, the young women were arrayed outside the temple and men took their pick. It was horribly humiliating if you were the plain woman who was left to wait for weeks and months. I just find it hard to really think that the women found it uplifting, but maybe things were really that different then.

      Some temple prostitutes were war captives. I suppose it beats silver mining.



      Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

      by Wee Mama on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 06:53:31 PM PDT

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