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PRIAPUS

Most likely the of son Aphrodite and Dionysus, this minor god was thrown out of the clouds at birth because of his small size. Forced to live on Earth under the care of shepherds, he eventually joined Pan and the satyrs, who admired his large phallus and decided he was an omen of fertility. The popularity of Priapus peaked when his likeness began popping up in home gardens or out in the countryside (eclipsed today by gnome figurines?); he was believed to possess prophetic powers. In a few folk stories Zeus labels him a rapist and gives him a permanent erection (think of: Viagra's most painful side-effect), although that version of events is suspect. Today, in some circles, his image signifies worship of pornography.

 

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