Lekpa is a phallic divinity whose worship is quite prevalent throughout the Slave Coast of Africa. The phallus is

seen everywhere, in front of houses, in the streets and public places, sometimes alone, but more frequently in
Link with the picture of Legba who is consistently represented as squatting down and looking at the organ of
generation, which is extremely disproportionate [See Alfred B. Ellis, Ewe-Speaking Peoples of the Slaves Coast
pp. 41-421].
26. It is believed that evil powers are often related to junctions.
prescribed that the suicide should be buried at a cross-road. Offenders were also executed at intersections. A
similar custom exists among quite a few African tribes. Plato in his Laws (9.873) says that if a person kills his
Dad, mother, brother or son then the officials would execute him, and throw him out, nude, at a specified location
where three roads meet outside the city. So, since intersections are considered to be the dwelling place of evil spirits,
order to ward off their danger. Ithiphallic divinities are frequently discovered at crossroads with the purpose of
repelling the evil powers that live there. In Japan, phallic symbols were set up on roads and worshipped at
intersections and frontiers as guardians of travelers. The simple function of all ithiphallic deities which were
Put at crossroads and frontiers was to provide protection against the unfriendly beings and evil spirits. For
these observations and more, see Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, S.V. “Cross Roads,” (hereafter mentioned as
E.R.E.
27. Wolfgang Wickler, “Socio-Sexual Signs and their Intra-Specific Imitation Among Primates,” in
Primate Ethology ed. Desmond Morris (Chicago, 1967). pp. 132, 139. The consecration of the rock-phalli that
appear on the ancient Phrygian tumuli served the same function. These phalli were archaic symbols of life
and immortality expressing in the clearest manner the belief that death was the source of awesome life. [See Gorges Perrot
Lydia, Curia and Lycia (Awesome York, 1892).
p. 3571. We can discover isolated hints of the same
Manifestation of this notion in Greece. A little tumulus near Megalopolis (Arcadia) with a finger of stone standing on it
and called the “Finger Grave” may be interpreted as a tumulus crowned with a phallus, and it is associated with the
goddesses called the Maniai, whose name raises the suggestion of a Phrygian origin. (See Farnell, Greek Hero
p. 357). For the narrative of the “Finger Tomb” see Pausanias 8.34.2-4. Further
Signs was supplied by the discovery of an inscription (ca. 300 B.C.) discovered under a stone-phallus on a
small mount that may have been a tumulus near Thespiai, recording a commitment by the spiritual officials of the
city “to http://wwwthoun.com/most-popular/ of the deceased.” [See Paul Jamot, “Fouilles de Thespies, “BCH 19 (1895): 3751. Also see Farnell.
p. 357. In early tombs, notably in Egypt, Norway, Italy and India,
phalli have been entombed with the dead, perhaps to ward off evil from the dead. [See J. A. Dulaure, Les Divinits
Crude Erotic Art (London, 1973), p. 761.
28. Burkert, Structure and History. p. 40. The exact same point of view was expressed by other writers as well
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indicates dominance by display of penile erection with thigh propagating aimed at
the face of another, lower-ranking monkey. It is often pointed out that there’s a
correlation between penile screen and rank-position, and that the lowerranking group members show much less genital display. In particular monkey
species there is a close connection between possession of territory, territorial
demarcation, social dominance, and the display of the male genitalia. “Phallic
demonstration to mark frontiers,” W. Burkert contended, “is not to be found among
the apes, who live in the trees, but with further relatives who hold territories.”
The display of sexual organs is a ritual which derived from sexual activity, yet
serving societal and not reproductive purposes. It’s the most strong sign with
respect to young nudist , but undoubtedly distinct from the reproductive process.
It truly is believed the genital display is an important societal sign by which the
animals communicate and that it’s ritualized and seems to assume the meaning,
“I am the Master.”29
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