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(Fwd) Re: Spreading seeds

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Azila Reisenberger <[log in to unmask]>

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Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

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Mon, 6 Mar 2000 10:49:15 SAST-2

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From:     Self <BEATTIE/AZILA>
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Subject: Re: Spreading seeds
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 10:46:58 SAST-2

I would like to take the points which Jim Miller and Don Bloom
mention a little further:
understanding the man as the one who plants the seeds, and seeing the
woman as the field, also help to clear the role of God in the
process: i.e. when a farmenr put seeds in the ground, sometimes it
grows well and sometimes it does not. The ancient people saw it as a
result of one of two factors: 1) is the earth fertile or not and 2)
was God kind to the farmenr or not. Understanding this will make
ample clear for example the idiom: God open her womb or close her
womb, and also will make clear how come God is accepted as a
full 'member' in the process of procreation, therefore one of the
three who name the babies: (if you remember sometimes it is the
father who name the baby, sometimes it is the mother and sometimes
God, and it is 'selbsverstendlich' - taken for granted that God is
indeed part of the process.
please note, that other words involve with procreation is taken from
planting, i.e. barreness is from the root A.K.R. (uprooted) etc.
Azila

Since ancient times, the male seminal fluid has been referred to as
"seed," and the male sex drive has been metaphorically described as the
urge for a man to "spread his seed."   How did the ancients come up with
this metaphor when they were presumably unable to know, without
microscopes, that a man's seminal fluid contained tiny particles--sperm?

Furthermore, since seeds come from female plants or from plants that
have both male and female parts, how did the seed become the product of
a man?
Virginia Katzeff

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