Photographer's Note

In Egyptian temples, there are a lot of reliefs, statues and paintings showing the pharaohs and gods. Isis, Horus, Hathor, Anubis are well recognizable. But what about Min? His representation is unique and once you see, you recognize him everywhere.

Min was a fertility god and its cult originated in the predynastic period. He was was most often represented in male human form, with one arm and one leg only but with an erect penis. Cult and worship in the predynastic period surrounding a fertility god were based upon the fetish of fossilized belemnite. Later symbol widely used was a bed of lettuce, that the Egyptians believed to be an aphrodisiac. Egyptian lettuce was tall, straight, and released a milk-like sap when rubbed, characteristics superficially similar to the penis. Lettuce was sacrificially offered to the god, then eaten by men in an effort to achieve potency.{}

In the main photo, the representation of Min is on the column in the Karnak Temple.

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