Priapus

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Title
God of Garden's Fertility
Gender
Male
Minor God of:
Garden Fertility, Vegetables, Sex, Genitals and Nature
Sacred Animals:
Donkey and bees
Symbols:
Flowers, fruit, bees and vegetables
Items:
None
Parents:
Consort
Hestia (attempted rape), Lotis
Children
None
Roman Name
Mutunus Tutunus

Priapus is the Greek God of Garden Fertility, Vegetables, Sex, Genitals and Nature. He is the son of Aphrodite and Dionysus.

Mythology

Birth

Priapus was described in varying sources as the son of Aphrodite by Dionysus; as the son of Dionysus and Khione; as perhaps the father or son of Hermes; or as the son of Zeus or Pan. According to legend, Hera cursed him with inconvenient impotence (he could not sustain an erection when the time came for sexual intercourse), ugliness and foul-mindedness while he was still in Aphrodite's womb, in revenge for the hero Paris having the temerity to judge Aphrodite more beautiful than Hera. The Aphrodite refused to allow him to live among the Olympian and she throw him from Heaven, he eventually fall on a hillside. He was eventually found by shepherds and was brought up by them.

Later Life

Priapus joined Pan and the satyrs as a spirit of fertility and growth, though he was perennially frustrated by his impotence. In a ribald anecdote told by Ovid, he attempted to rape the goddess Hestia but was thwarted by an ass, whose braying caused him to lose his erection at the critical moment and woke Hestia. The episode gave him a lasting hatred of asses and a willingness to see them killed in his honour. The emblem of his lustful nature was his permanent erection and his large penis. Another myth states that he pursued the nymph Lotis until the gods took pity on her and turned her into a lotus plant.

Physical Appearance

Priapus was depicted as an ugly-dwarfish man with a huge, long penis, symbolising garden fertility, a peaked Phrygian cap, indicating his origin as a Mysian god, and a basket weighed down with fruit.

See also

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