Herms were boundary markers in ancient Greece formed as a coloumn with a head and phallos
It has been suggested that the symbology stretches back to a prehuman past where territory was actually marked by pissing in the corners. ‎· Eivind
It has also been suggested that the erect members are there to scare away evil spirits. It has not been explained why erect members are scary to evil spirits. ‎· Eivind
The god Hermes is named after the predecessors of these boundary markers, little heaps of stone, called herma in archaic Greek. ‎· Eivind
In 415 BCE, ALL THE WANGS OF ALL THE HERMAI were broken off in Athens. The demos were furious! ‎· Eivind