Do you ever wonder where the term "dildo" originated from? Well this term referred to a peg which was used to lock an oar of a small boat into position. Now the peg was shaped like a phallus, very similar to the modern day toy, and it was inserted into a hole on the side of the boat. Others believe it to be a derogatory term of the Italian word "diletto" for "delight".
In 1616 dildo first appeared in English language print The Alchemist, a written version of the 1610 play by Ben Johnson. Now the phrase "Dil Doul," appears in the 17th century folk ballad "The Maids Complaint for want of a Dil Doul". This term refers to a man's penis and the term "doul" means a child's penis in modern day Persia.
The word olisbos originated in Greece, and is a classical Greek term for dildo. A godemiche is a dildo in the shape of a penis with scrotum sack. As you can see the term dildo has a very interesting background.
History of the dildo
Throughout history dildos have been present in society. Many Artifacts were found from the Upper Paleolithic period. Some were described as batons in appearance and were most likely to have been used for sexual purposes. However archaeologists did not want to label these items as sex toys. Historical and ethnographic literature also contained many references to dildos.
The siltstone 20-centimeter phallus from the Upper Paleolithic period 30,000 years ago was found in Hole Fels Cave near Ulm Germany. This prove to be the world's oldest dildo. Archaeological findings proved that the dildo was a fixture in many cultures around the world. Egyptians used them some 2,500 years ago, and ancient Greeks were also users of these sex toys. The first dildos were made of wood, tar, and stone, and many other materials that could be shaped as penises and were firm enough to be used as a tool for sexual penetration. Chinese women of the 15th century used dildos made of lacquered wood with textured surfaces.
Phallic worship was the worship of the male genitals which symbolized the reproductive powers of nature. Archeological finds of Phallic symbols have been found all over the world. These artifacts were usually interpreted as an expression of the human desire for regeneration. This could not be more evident than in Greece where Phallic worship centered around Priapus (the son of Aphrodite) and the Orphic and Dionysiac cults.
In Rome the cult of Cybele and Attis, which was prominent during the empire, practiced it's festive excesses and it's yearly "Day of Blood," which consisted of it's participants mutilating themselves with knives, and self-inflicted castration.
Egyptians also practiced Phallic worship around the god Osiris as did the Japanese, who incorporated it into Shinto; and among the Native Americans, such as the Mandan, who had the Phallic buffalo dance.
Worship of the phallus as a symbol of creative energy has played an intricate and essential role within every culture around the globe. Art, myths and customs have been central to phallic symbolism, dating as far back as the Neolithic era. Since early human prehistory, the image of the phallus has been considered a symbol of the means by which the Supreme Being procreates the Universe. Some believe the worship of the phallus to be at the origin of every religion, because of the belief that the phallus is the image of the creator in mankind. It was believed that any disrespect or debasement of this sacred symbol would provoke the wrath of the gods.
Many believed the phallus to posses magical powers that could ward off evil demonic forces. This was widely excepted in the Egyptian and Greco-Roman eras. European literature contained many references to the belief that art-made phallic objects contained magical powers that could prevent and advert misfortunes.
Many customs attributed the phallus as being a symbol of good luck. In Rome the phallus would bestow good luck while fizzling out danger and driving away forces of evil. In Ancient Athens many street corners had cippus dedicated to Hermes. The cippus consisted of a square column topped with the god's head which had a sculpture of an erect penis on it. People who passed by it would rub it for good luck.
Mediterranean countries had realistic and symbolic phallic emblems which the people would plant in their farms and fields for luck and good fertilizing of foods. The phallus was also used to protects homes and temples against dark forces, lightning and other unexpected ills, and bad luck.
Modern day dildos and Hysteria
Dildos in modern day history began with their use in medicine. In the mid-1800s, a woman's sexual desire was looked upon as a disorder, or an ailment. This was known as "Hysteria," a term which originates with the Greek medical term, hysterikos. Doctors believed this could only affect females. Physicians would treat female patients by massaging their clitorises, until they reached "paroxysm" (orgasm). However physicians did not enjoy the tedious task of vaginal massage. The task was very difficult to master, and would sometimes take hours to manipulate a patient to climax.
Occasionally a phallic-shaped object would be used at these sessions, but these devices would be called therapeutic or "widow's comforter." These devices were a better solution for massaging the vagina, and helped speed up the process of orgasm. Around this time dildos were being fabricated out of rubber. By the mid-19th century, hydrotherapy devices were available. In 1870 a vibrator was available for physicians. By the turn of the century, electricity in the home brought the electric vibrator to the consumer market. Of course this made the vibrator a popular home appliance.
In the early 20th century dildos appeared in pornographic cinema and magazines marketed at women. They were even being sold by the famous Sears-Roebuck as devices known as "a device for anxiety and female tension." They were being promoted as a tool to help women relax, but by the 1940's they became unpopular due to their sexual overtones.
In 1966 the ventriloquist Ted Marche built a multimillion dollar industry by inventing various dildos. By 1976, Marche Manufacturing had sold nearly five million dildos. At the present day dildos and vibrators come in many different shapes sizes and colors. People of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds use dildos and vibrators For their own personal pleasures.
As you can see dildos are forever etched into society, and as long as sex sells, and people have sexual desires, dildos will always be a lucrative part of the commercial sex industry and a part of the human physical sexual experience. Until next time;
What's your pleasure ;-)