Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions
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Today’s religious topic is as follows:
”Androgyny”, in mythology, the state of having the characteristics of both male and female. Androgyny, as the union of male and female can represent totality, completeness, or perfection; hence in some mythical traditions, a primal mythic being (i.e. a creator or first human) is androgynous and thereby expresses in his or her person a union of disparate features or opposites. This does not express a chaotic hybrid but rather a creative totality (the “coincidence of opposites”). In other systems human procreation is explained in terms of a division of a complete, originally androgynous being (as in Plato’s Symposium and in the Gnostic Gospel of Philip).
Cleavage of the primordial androgyny, Greek vase, 2400 BC The Torah and the Midrash
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