Herms were boundary markers in ancient Greece formed as a coloumn with a head and phallos
2016-03-02 08:49:18 GMT
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It has been suggested that the symbology stretches back to a prehuman past where territory was actually marked by pissing in the corners.
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.
The god Hermes is named after the predecessors of these boundary markers, little heaps of stone, called herma in archaic Greek.
In 415 BCE, ALL THE WANGS OF ALL THE HERMAI were broken off in Athens. The demos were furious!
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