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The Yoni is the primary object
of worship in Tantra as the source of all life and death. From the Yoni
came the world, it is responsible for fertility and fecundity, for death
and destruction, for regeneration and renewal.
Unlike the West, where the
female genitalia is an object of revile and revulsion, a great deal of
respect and reverence is taught for the Yoni in Tantra. The word 'Yoni'
itself is Sanskrit, a "language of the gods" (devanagari) in which each
letter is symbolic of various meanings and purposes. The letters have value
beyond their use in particular words, and are chosen for these meanings.
The assemblance of letters, therefore, is what gives the word its meaning,
unlike he tradition of assembling words or parts of words as a whole to
form a meaning. For example, the word 'vulva' comes from the latin volvere,
meaning 'to roll' with other derivatives referring to enclosed objects
(eg: 'vault', 'valley'). But the Sanskrit letters for 'Yoni' mean as follows:
Y - The animating principle,
the heart, the true self, union
O - Preservation, brightness
I - Love, desire, consciousness,
to shine, to prevade, pain and sorrow
N - Lotus, motherhood, menstrual
cycle, nakedness, emptiness, pearl1
In this way, the word 'Yoni'
captures far better the spiritual, societal, and physical importance of
the female genitalia than would words of many other languages.
(The word is pronounced
yoh-nee, despite the succession of letters. To see the Sanskrit characters,
The Yoni, as the driving
female creative force, isn't simply about sex or genitalia. It is about
creation as a whole, it represents life and life force, and the neverending
cycle and balance between life and death. Therefore, all things associated
with the Yoni are scared - menstruation, orgasm, birth, and beauty.
Yoni: Saced Symbol of Female Creative Power'' - Rufus Camphausen