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The Sacred Fire, by B.Z. Goldberg, [1930], at sacred-texts.com

From The Sacred Fire, by B.Z. Goldberg, [1930], at sacred-texts.com p. 179 CHAPTER III AT A DIONYSIAN MYSTERY In the valley of death, He brandished the flaming torch of life.

…..“The animal was supposed to incarnate the, god. By tearing it, one was tearing his way into the very being of his divinity, and by eating the mean of the animal and drinking its blood, he was assimilating. The body of the deity with his own flesh and blood.

In the frenzy of religious and sexual passion, even a human might be taken for the god and be torn to pieces, especially when there were captives or slaves about. Hysterical parents might throw their own infants into the affray, they themselves fighting in the general skirmish for a piece of their child's flesh.”…..



The Sacred Fire, by B.Z. Goldberg, [1930], at sacred-texts.com


THE

SACRED FIRE

THE STORY OF SEX

IN RELIGION

BY

B. Z. GOLDBERG

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK

HORACE LIVERIGHT

1930



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The Sacred Fire, by B.Z. Goldberg, [1930], at sacred-texts.com

p. vii

CONTENTS


 

BOOK ONE


 

 

FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO



 

 

THE EROTIC MOTIVE IN PRIMITIVE RELIGION



 

CHAPTER

 

PAGE

I.


FAR AWAY AND LONG AGO

3

 

The beginnings of love and religion in the life of early man—Their intricate relationship—The subject of this study.

 

II.


PRIMITIVE MAN IN LOVE AND FAITH

11

 

The preoccupation with sex in primitive society—Primitive art and sex—The age of sexual promiscuity—Social limitations on the creative function—The protest against these limitations and religion as an outlet for the pent-up emotions—Religion as the liberator of primitive man—Fear the father of the religious urge in man—The notions of "doubles," ghosts, and demons—Magic and the birth of the gods—The legend of Nathuram—The multiplicity of gods and the gods of generation—The factors that made for the supremacy of the generative divinities—The story of the Sleeping Beauty.

 

III.


IN THE FOUNDRY OF THE GODS

33

 

THE STORY OF THE GENERATIVE DIVINITIES

 

 

Eternal light the universal symbol of life eternal—The primitive conception of the generative divinity as the sex organs in union—Sacred images of the lingam and yoni throughout the world—The development of separate gods of generation, male and female—The marriage of the generative divinities—

 

 


p. viii

 

CHAPTER

 

PAGE

 

[paragraph continues] Man's share in the divine marriages—The religious tendency to elevate and spiritualize love.

 

IV.


THE SPIRIT OF LOVE IN GOD AND MAN

54

 

THE EROTIC WORSHIP OF THE GENERATIVE DIVINITIES

 

 

The generative gods in the divine family on Mt. Olympus—The worship of each god according to his service to mankind—The worship of the generative divinities not only pleasing to the gods but pleasurable as well to man—Sex worship a release from taboos and social restrictions—Sexual promiscuity in the worship of the generative divinities—The sacrifice of the firstborn—Circumcision and defloration as sacrifices to the generative divinities—The sacrifice of coition—The temple priestess in sexual sacrifice—The life and career of the temple priestess—Homosexual sacrifices to the generative divinity—The revolt against sex in the legend of Amathonte and the story of Siva.

 

V.


LOVE'S HIDDEN WAYS

96

 

The concrete symbol for the abstract idea—The efficacy of the symbol—The primitive concept of life and its symbolism—The sun and fire as gods of generation—The bull and the goat as generative divinities—The serpent as an erotic symbol—The lingam and yoni symbols in their various forms—The symbolism of the female principle—The divine male symbols—The tree in ancient and modern religious symbolism.


 

 

BOOK TWO


 

 

IN THE TEMPLE OF THE GODS



 

 

THE WORSHIP OF THE GENERATIVE DIVINITIES



 

I.


A DAY WITH BAAL

143

II.


A NIGHT WITH APHRODITE

159

 

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CHAPTER

 

PAGE

III.

AT A DIONYSIAN MYSTERY

179

IV.


TWILIGHT WITH MOLOCH

18 5

V.


THE DANCE OF THE SAKTAS

189

 

BOOK THREE



 

 

IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD



 

 

THE EROTIC MOTIVE IN THE MONOTHEISTIC RELIGIONS OF TODAY



 

 

PROLOGUE. IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD



197

 

The contrasting views of life in the pagan and monotheistic religions—The attitudes toward sex in the two religions—The position of woman in the pagan and Christian worlds—The suppression of love and its deliverance through symbolism.

 

I.


LOVE IN THE SYNAGOGUE

202

 

The attitude toward sex in the Old Testament—Procreation as the high purpose in life—The attitude toward woman—Relics of primitive erotic rites in the Jewish religion—The rite of circumcision and of redeeming the firstborn—Purification laws for women—Erotic elements in Jewish mysticism—Erotic symbols in the synagogue.

 

II.


ROMANCE IN THE CHURCH

229

 

Romance in the careers of the founders of the Christian faith and in their attitude toward sex—The attitude of Jesus toward the sex life and woman as compared with that of Paul—The Pauline suppression of the sexual impulse—The escape of sex through spiritual love—The spiritual love of Paul and Thecla—Spiritual love as an institution in the Church—The relationship between the sexes in the early Christian communities—The


 

 

p. x

 

CHAPTER

 

PAGE

 

[paragraph continues] Agapæ—Spiritual marriages between monks and nuns—The erotic aspect of Christian mysticism—Romance in the lives of the leading mystics—Erotic elements in sacred Christian art—The Virgin Mary as an elevating influence.

 

III.


MARRIAGE IN THE MOSQUE

275

 

The place of woman in the Mohammedan faith—The prophet and his attitude toward sex and woman—The Moslem heaven as a place of supreme sexual pleasures—The Sufis and their attitude toward love—The Mohammedan saints and the erotic phase of Mohammedan mysticism.

 

IV.


LONGING IN THE DARK

289

 

The erotic motive in the Christian religion among the Negroes—The religion of the black man as compared with the faith of his white brother—The primitive religion that the Negro brought with him from Africa—The black man's first steps in the white man's church—Psychological differences between the white and the black Christian faith—The elements of longing and love in the Negro religion—The revival as a release from sexual suppression—The erotic symbolism of the primitive religion carried over to Christianity—The strange mixture in Voodoo.


 

 

BOOK FOUR



 

 

THE SPIRIT OP REVOLT IN RELIGION



 

 

THE SEXUAL MOTIVE IN SECTARIANISM



 

I.


REBELS IN THE FAITH

319

 

The liberator of a people later its oppressor—Korah's revolt against Moses—The spirit of revolt in every generation—Religion's inception in spontaneity—Social aspect of religion—The non-conformist as rebel and as ruler.

 

 

p. xi

 

CHAPTER

 

PAGE

II.

LOVE THE FORCE OF REBELLION

326

 

Various causes underlying religious revolts—All religious insurrections indirectly related to sex—Reasons for the erotic element in religious revolts—Leaders in revolts highly sexed individuals—Reversion to religion in its original form.

 

III.


THE REVOLT AGAINST RELIGION

330

 

Sexual indulgence among the Nikolaites—The Mormon church and its relation to the sex life.

 

IV.


THE REVOLT AGAINST GOD

336

 

The devil worshippers—The devil elevated to a divine position by Manes—Sexual gratification in the religion of the Manichæans—The Messalians and sex—The erotic element in witchcraft.

 

V.


THE REVOLT AGAINST MAN

342

 

Sects denying human nature—Asceticism—Physical torture—Flagellants—Self-destructive sects in Russia—The Skopzi—Suicide a form of self-destruction—Murder and self-destruction basic doctrine of Thugs—Causes of such perversions in religion.

 

 

EPILOGUE. GOD'S WAY IN LOVE



359

 

The result of the close relationship between sex and religion—The story of Wandawind—What religion did for love—What love contributed to religion.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY


369

 

INDEX


377

 



Next: Illustrations

The Sacred Fire, by B.Z. Goldberg, [1930], at sacred-texts.com

p. xii p. xiii


ILLUSTRATIONS


 

PAGE

Phallic symbols in ancient art

8

Primitive man's crude portrayal of the creative force

14

Sex pervaded the art of Old Anthropology Adam

18

An Egyptian phallic altar

22

A demon of love

31

Man's first church; his best-loved god

35

From an old Egyptian urn

36

Venus and Cupid fulfilling their mission of love


40

A Phallic amulet

42

Brahma created himself double

44

At the altar of Priapus

48

When gods made merry

56

A Hindu goddess offering a lingam

66

A Hindu god in copulation

75

Venus in a phallic shrine

80

Siva as the Hermaphroditic God

89

In the Temple of Siva

92

Siva leaning on the lingam

94

The Persian Triad

100

The Serpent the Sacred Image of the Solo-Phallic Cult

107

Serpent worship in early Christian art

109


A Serpent god

113

Kwan-yin, the Oriental Queen of Heaven

116

Maya, the Hindu goddess

120

An Oriental divinity

122

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PAGE

The Sheela-na-gig

124

An early Priapic statue

129

As the god of love developed

131

The Scandinavian tree of life

135

At a Baalic festival

153

Anubis as the guardian of the Dead

158

Priestesses of Aphrodite


163

Hers was the life of an actress

170

Lamenting for Attis

176

Aphrodite, Goddess of Love

178

Dionysos on his phallic throne

180

Dionysia

182

The marriage of Psyche and Eros

184

The eternal Sakti

190

A female demon in ancient India

192

Devaki seated on a lotus flower

193

Jehovah, God of Battles

201

A sacrificial altar

209


Warding off the unclean spirits

213

The universe a dualism seeking unity

220

An old conception of the Cherubim

226

Symbols in early Christian art

233

Thecla

242

Cave church of the Apocalypse in Patmos

245

Spiritual lovers

248

The marriage of St. Catherine

253

St. Teresa

256

The Church as the Bride of Christ

260

Christian symbolism in the Catacombs

266


Medieval Hell

268

p. xv

 

 

PAGE

Jesus in the womb of the Virgin

270

The Spirit of God

272

A Mohammedan fish nymph

282

The Black Stone

288

A Negro god

294

The Virgin shares her altar with Legba

311

The Christian God worshipped in Voodoo fashion

313

Images of the Voodoo gods

314

The Spirit of God

315

A symbol of life


325

A Gnostic gem

329

Symbols of fertility

335

The Evil Spirit tempting the soul of a pagan idol

339

When the devil was a god

341

Kali, lover of death

356



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