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The word yoni (Sanskrit योनि yoni) is the Sanskrit word for "divine passage", "place of birth", "womb" (more as nature as a womb and cradle of all creations) or "sacred temple" (cf. lila). The word also has a wider meaning in both profane and spiritual contexts, covering a range of meanings of "place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable" (Monier-Williams). The yoni is also considered to be symbolic of Shakti or other goddesses of a similar nature. Sanskrit ( , for short ) is a classical language of India, a liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, and one of the 23 official languages of India. ... Lila is a concept from Hinduism that explains the universe as a cosmic puppet theater or playground for the gods. ... Photo of Monier Monier-Williams by Lewis Carroll Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1819-1899) studied, documented and taught Asian languages in England, and compiled one of the most widely-used Sanskrit-English dictionaries. ... Lakshmi is a common aspect of Shakti Shakti meaning force, power or energy is the Hindu concept or personification of Gods female aspect, sometimes referred to as The Divine Mother. Shakti represents the active, dynamic principles of feminine power. ...

A stone yoni found in Cát Tiên sanctuary, Lam Dong, Vietnam.
A stone yoni found in Cát Tiên sanctuary, Lam Dong, Vietnam.

In classical texts such as Kama Sutra, yoni refers to vagina. Even more interesting linguistic example is the Sinhalese language, which developed from old colloquial Sanskrit of North India and which to this day has kept their ancient meanings for penis and vagina - lingam and yoni. The vagina, (from Latin, literally sheath or scabbard ) is the tubular tract leading from the uterus to the exterior of the body in female placental mammals and marsupials, or to the cloaca in female birds, monotremes, and some reptiles. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Possible Lingam-Yonis have been recovered from the archeological sites at Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, part of the Indus Valley Civilization. There is little evidence, however, to support cultural continuation from the Indus Valley Civilization to Vedic and modern Hindu practises. Location of Harappa in the Indus Valley. ... Mohenjo-daro (literally, mound of the dead), like Harappa, was a city of the Indus Valley civilization. ... Excavated ruins of Mohenjo-daro. ...

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The yoni is also considered to be symbolic of Shakti or other goddesses of a similar nature.
Yoni is perhaps the most misused and misunderstood word from the ancient Indo-Aryanic language, Sanskrit.
One example of this practice was the veneration of the yoni for the purpose of attempting to ensure the fertility of the land.
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