In Hinduism a linga or lingam is a stone pillar or a carving which some say has a phallic shape.
Some scholars associate this with mere sexuality. And the British missionary William Ward forcefully criticized the linga as a sign of a supposedly debauched Hindu religion.¹ For most Hindus, this colonial critique probably would be taken as Ward projecting his own repressed fears and desires onto Hindus and Hinduism as a whole.
Indeed, in Hindu metaphysical thought the linga is said to represent the creative, generative aspect of creation, just as the yoni represents the mysteries of the cosmos and, especially, those of cosmic origins.
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