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Reed Sceptre

Reed Sceptre In sacred drama of the Canaan, the reed scepter of the dying god Mot was broken, to signify his castration. His name, meaning sterility or Death, was a title of the fertility god Aleyin (Baal) as he entered his declining phase, when his rival assumed the sacred throne, and he became Lord of Death. The custom of eating the defeated king’s genitals appears in a number of Middle-Eastern myths, e.g., that of Hittite god Kumarbi, one of a line of father-castrating kings of heaven. Kumarbi’s assumption of the fertility-spirit was expressed by the story that he became pregnant. Mythic fathers and sons demonstrated remarkable hostility toward each other’s genitals. Cited from Website: Castration.
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