Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ode to the Yoni (Vagina)

Ode (from the Ancient Greek ὠδή) is a form of stately and elaborate lyrical verse. The initial model for English odes was Horace, who used the form to write meditative lyrics on various themes.

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Why you may ask would someone undertake to write in stately and elaborate form, an essay with vagina as the theme. Technically this is really not an ode in the sense I’m not competent to write in lyrical verse. I’m not a poet and of course I know it, and now if you are reading this, you know it too. Yet I can’t imagine a theme more timeless and worthy of stately and elaborate lyrical prose.

In antiquity many cultures engaged in the worship of female genitalia. The reason was simple, as this Tantric prayer illustrates, “Without the Yoni, even the Lord cannot create.” The people of India regarded creation as one the grandest miracles and found divinity in the female sex organ that helped facilitate it. The worship of “Lajja-gowri” (The Shy Goddess) is a form “Yoni” worship. Such idols could be found at deserted temples in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra states of India. The stone or mud icon of a nude female has its feet held back so that the genitalia is prominently exhibited. She also features fully developed breasts. The hands are raised and clenched in fists, or holding lotus flowers. The head is represented by large lotus. The body is very richly ornamented. The women having problems with their puberty, menses, conceiving and child-birth take vows to worship Lajja-gowri with all the dedication they can command. As part of this ritual they apply butter and kumkum and sometimes lick the yoni of the idol. Another similar type of practice was prevalent at Chandragutti in Karnataka state. Women favored by the Goddess Renuka worshipped in nude. Such customs and rituals connected with eroticism are prevalent throughout India in one form or the other.

As a submissive man I am totally onboard with the idea of Yoni worship. Vaginas as are the women who own them central to human existence, but they still remain largely undervalued and under appreciated. Certainly a Yoni seems imminently suited as an object of worship. Here I’m not speaking in the sense of honoring or showing reverence for female genitalia as one might worship a divine being or supernatural power. But more in the sense of offering extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem. Many words come to mind when I think about vaginas, mysterious for one. If you think about it, with males our junk is just pretty much out there in plain view. Not so with women, the vagina is hidden behind beautiful, soft folds of delectable and tender flesh, almost like a beautiful flower which is the reason for the illustration I chose for today. In fact, an artist by the name of Nick Karras, has a web site which features ten very tasteful and artistic, non-pornographic black and white, close up images of ten very different vaginas, each unique but attractive in its own right. He has named aptly named his web site, “Petals.” So apparently I’m not the only man who sees the rich symbolism of flowers in comparison to vaginas.

Before delving further into this idea about worshipping vaginas, I think we should engage in a little anatomical review and clear up a misnomer. In common speech, the term vagina (from Latin, literally "sheath" or "scabbard") is often used to refer to the vulva or female genitals generally. Strictly speaking, the vagina is a specific internal structure and the vulva is the exterior genitalia only. The vagina proper is an elastic muscular canal that extends from the cervix to the vulva. The vulva is comprised of the Prepuce, Clitoris, Labia Menora (Minor lips), and Labia Majora (Major lips). The vagina, along with the inside of the vulva, are the female bits with the familiar reddish pink color. I think it is fine to refer to a woman’s genitalia as vagina since the word is in common use, as long as you understand the difference between vulva and vagina.

Lots of different words are used to refer to a woman’s genitalia; beaver (circa 1920), box (circa 1940), cunt (15th century), pussy (19th century), snatch (19th century), and twat (17th century) to name a few of the more recognizable and common ones. Yoni, the Hindu word for vagina is commonly used today because of the popularity of tantric sex practices. Dr. Catherine Blackledge, author of The Story of V, a fascinating dip into the cultural background and etymology of the vagina, points out that there is a wealth of varied and incredible terms for female genitalia, far more than there are for male genitalia. The reason for that she explains is that we are still less comfortable and confident talking about female sexual anatomy and female sexual pleasure than we are about male sexual anatomy and sexual pleasure. I suppose “pussy” is my favorite as I like saying it myself and think it is very erotic when a woman says it. "Cunt" on the other hand is a word I’ve never cared for or used because it seems coarse, crude, and well just disrespectful to refer to something of such great beauty with a word like that. There is beauty to be sure and many pussies are actually very pretty.

Back to the subject of worship and why I feel it’s appropriate. First, as mentioned there is beauty to behold when admiring a woman’s pussy. Beautiful, pretty, and cute are all words that I think can be properly applied. There is the mysterious element that I spoke of earlier. The is also the part I like best when it comes to female genitalia, the erotic, arousing wetness. During sexual arousal and particularly stimulation of the clitoris, the walls of the vagina self-lubricate, reducing friction during sexual activity. Vaginal lubrication is provided by the Bartholin's glands near the vaginal opening and the cervix. This is the single most exciting part of a woman’s genitalia. In intimate contact, I love the feel, the scent and the taste of her wetness. Just having a woman tell me she is wet never ceases to arouse me and always produces an erection. That alone is more than sufficient to put me in the worshipful mood. Finally, I think it’s appropriate to worship at the very altar and symbol of her femininity to show adoration, affection and respect for the woman herself. When I think of worship, I’m not thinking of praying, burning incense or lighting candles, but of offering tender, enthusiastic and respectful oral sex to the woman. That is definitely something I never withhold or tire of. Women have differences when it comes to receiving oral. I once dated a woman who would take it for hours on end and once had sixteen consecutive orgasms. Gosh I miss her! The last woman I seriously dated loved receiving oral, but after one orgasm she finished stating that continued oral stimulation after that point “tickled” and wasn’t enjoyable for her. She preferred oral simply as foreplay and a precursor to penetration. I take very seriously the responsibility as a man to learn how to give a woman pleasing and satisfying oral sex and believe all men should have the same view. I have spent lots of time reading books, magazine articles and web sites on the subject. In addition I have asked female friends with whom I was close enough to discuss such intimate topics with to tell me what they liked and disliked about the techniques they have experienced. It’s a very easy way to show a woman how much you adore and value her and care about her desires and needs.

Perhaps I have an oral fetish but all I know is I simply love cunnilingus and adoring a female in this way is something I simply love to do. Hopefully I have offered you cogent reasons for why I personally enjoy Yoni worship and perhaps stimulated men to do a bit more of it, giving devotion and esteem where it is most certainly due.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed this post. Thanks CJ.