Thursday, April 21, 2011

Orgies-R-Us: Sex, Lies, and Prostitutes in Canaanite Religion

The Adoration of the Golden Calf by Nicolas Poussin, 1633-4
Temple prostitution and Canaanite religion go together like water and oil. Wait, water and oil don’t mix? Then yes, I have the correct metaphor. It may be common knowledge that the Canaanites practiced temple prostitution and sacred sex, but it was also common knowledge once that the earth is flat. Here we’ll be looking at evidence and historiography for sacred sexuality in ancient Canaan, and applying what this means in modern Paganism and modern Canaanite religion today.

Before taking a closer look at the issue, let’s consider provisional definitions for three aspects of sacred sexuality: