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Sunday, July 22, 2012

The first testament came from testicles?

Yes you read that question right.  The ancient world had no concept of anatomy, disease and bacteria.  They reasoned that bad health and bad days were the work of all the spirits that are ubiquitous.

We don't live in fear of bacteria.  We wash our hands, clean wounds, and do common sense stuff like that.  In the same way primitive and ancient men and women didn't live in fear of demons, spirits, mad gods.  They learned to live among them.

They had incantations, prayers and amulets to fend off the spirits, to keep them happy, to maintain a good balance between the living and dead.  In Ancient Mediterranean countries one such amulet was the genitalia.  Consider the following:
"In Latin, the word testis (hence testiculus, little testis) means both 'witness' and 'testicle,' while the Greek word for 'testament,' diatheke, literally means 'by the bag,' which is equivalent to 'by the scrotum' as suggested by the Latin testamentum (that is, 'testiculation').  All this is related to the fact that it was universal custom in the ancient East to pledge faith or swear testimony by touching or grasping one's own and/or another's genitals."
Imagine, instead of setting one's palms on a Bible and swearing an oath, placing your hand on your crotch.  Some customs change for the better.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

How could this go "Un-commented"? I personally think this is a typical male dominated mind set. If you have the male equipment, then you are qualified to think and be listened to and to be considered able to form a judgement. I'm not being critical. Those were the ways then and some continue to practice male superiority even today. Perhaps the "grab of the bag" as it were, was to make sure you actually had the equipment to join the discussion. Perhaps some brazen females were disguising themselves in the temple so as to be heard?????? And the men were forced to check everyone out?