There was a time where church walls were lined with images of naked women.
The Sheela Na Gigs, found scattered throughout Europe, are erotic carvings of the female figure typically consisting of women squatting and pulling apart their exaggerated vulvas. Hindu mythology, too, often positions the vagina as a symbol of worship. According to the traditional texts, Shiva, god of change and destruction, went into a wild rage upon learning that Shakti had committed suicide.
Sensing Pele was in danger, Kapo sought to distract Kamapua’a in the only way she knew how: by detaching her vagina from her body and sending it his way. Distracted by the sight and smell, Kamapua’a left Pele and followed the flying vagina all the way to the southeastern tip of O’ahu.
These locations became known as the Shakti Peetha; places of worship consecrated to the goddess.
The Kamakhya Temple was constructed around the area where Shakti’s vagina and womb are believed to have fallen.
He placed her dead body on his shoulders and began performing the dance of destruction.
To calm him, the lord Vishnu cut her body into 51 pieces, which fell throughout the Indian subcontinent.
Her enemy, Maui, intended to rob her of this gift by transforming into a worm, entering her body through her vagina and escaping through her mouth.
But the plan was foiled by a flock of birds that had followed Maui to en route to the goddess.
Her husband eventually caught them in the act and cursed Indra by making thousands of female genitals appear on his body.
To add insult to injury, the guy decided to snatch away his “manhood,” too.
As Cracked reports, “The greatest hero in Maori mythology was killed by a Kegel exercise.”Fast-forward to today and vaginas have largely fallen out of conversations regarding worship.