“The light of the sacred prostitute penetrates to the heart of this darkness. . . . she is the consecrated priestess in the temple, spiritually receptive to the feminine power flowing through her from the Goddess, and at the same time joyously aware of the beauty and passion in her human body.”
~ Marion Woodman
After reading Dr. Stubbs’ work Women of the Light: The New Sacred Prostitute among many other books and watching a movie called “The sessions” I was intrigued to know why prostitution was once considered sacred.
Prostitution has often been described as “the world’s oldest profession transpiring throughout history in all societies. But early forms of prostitution were referred to as “sacred prostitution.”
Why Was It Sacred?
During Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Greece and Egypt, there were no brothels.
Instead there were Temples occupied by Sacred Prostitutes also known as Priestesses. To understand the sacredness of the sexual act, it must be seen in the context of a society that lived in close harmony with nature.
The practice of sacred sexual intercourse within the temples of Innana and Ishtar were important and common rituals in Mesopotamia and were understood to strengthen the land with divine fertile energy.
Nancy Qualls-Corbet explains that “Desire and sexual response experienced as a regenerative power, were recognized as a gift or a blessing from the divine.
Both a man’s and woman’s sexual nature together with their religious attitude were inseparable.”
From this perspective it’s not difficult to understand why the practice of sacred prostitution became a religious act of worship where sexuality and spirituality are one and the same.
The temples of the goddess provided for the sacred prostitute far more than is known in this millennium.
India has historically embraced a rich tradition of religion and divine sexuality. Hinduism has embraced a naturalistic and erotic attitude towards the behavior of its gods and goddesses.
The sacred prostitutes were known as devadasis, service to the divine in Hindu temples.
Who was the Sacred Prostitute?
She was the original sexual healer.
She was a glowing Priestess, who embodied power, wisdom, purity, and willingness to love with her entire body and soul.
These women embodied love, preserved their sexuality, and held the highest spiritual authority.
They empowered men to reconnect with themselves and spiritual forces through pleasure and prayer.