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While church leaders are known to be sex-phobic and misogynistic, church architecture is certainly not.
Next time, you go to a church (preferably a cathedral) look carefully and you will notice that the interior bears a striking resemblance to female anatomy.
People who have paid attention to their biology classes in school on female reproductive system—the image that looks like the head of a cow—will see that there is an outer and inner entrance, labia majora and labia minora; a central vaginal aisle towards the altar; two curved ovarian structures on either side and the sacred centre, the altar or the womb.
Replicating female sex organ in design and architecture is way harder than designing a dick-shaped building, which is one reason why most buildings we have end up as phallic structures, stacking floor upon columns upon floor.
So is this tribute to female anatomy in church design deliberate?
Turns out that it’s not just the church, most places of worship imitate the female body when it comes to religious architecture. But why?
The origins, which many are not even aware of and often played down by those who know it, can be traced back to ancient Hindu religious traditions that goes back to thousands of years.
Today, many of us know that Hindu temples and shrines embody the sacred lingam and yoni. While lingam is a phallic object that represents Lord Shiva, yoni in Sanskrit literally means womb or female sex organs such as vulva, vagina and uterus, symbolising Hindu goddess Shakti. In many Hindu shrines and temples, the lingam is often represented along with
the yoni to depict the indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female.