Taking joy in living
is a woman's best cosmetic. ~Rosalind Russell
"Beauty is worse than
wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the
"Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee,
As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be,
To taste whole joys."
John Donne, "To His Mistress Going to
SEX & GOD
nymphs frolicking at the Zorbacchus Rite of Spring
"The secret passion of the erotic is that it puts us
in touch with our animal nature."
|"Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it
make objects, giving them limit, symmetry,
proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting
flux of nature."
Confiding The Infant Bacchus To The
Nymphs of Nysa
Though we travel the world over to find the
beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Carnaval.com's nymphs & muses
starring the Sambodromo Carnaval
Brazil's Rio de Janeiro
Dionysus was reared by the
nymphs on Mt. Nysa, where he invented the art of wine
making. Nymphs signify the inherent beauty and mystery of
nature which pierces the heart without regard to what the
mind tells you. As we grow old, beauty is perceived
inward sense which feels like love, a light in the heart.
Beauty is a reflection of eternity, a primeval phenomenon,
capable of stirring great things.
are female spirits of nature.
Nymphs often accompanied various gods and goddesses, and
were the frequent target of lusty satyrs. The name "nymph" comes from
the Greek word that means "young
woman", and so naturally
these beings were considered to be female. Indeed, they were
represented as lovely and eternally youthful creatures.
although not all were considered immortal.
mythology, a nymph is any member of a large class of female
nature spirits, sometimes bound to a particular location or
The wood-nymphs, Pan's
partners in the dance, were but one class of nymphs. There
were besides them the Naiads, who presided over brooks and
fountains, the Oreads, nymphs of mountains and grottos, and
the Nereids, sea-nymphs. The three last named were immortal,
but the wood-nymphs, called Dryads or Hamadryads, were
believed to perish should the trees of the forest disappear.
The Naiad was
intimately connected to her body of water and her very
existence seems to have depended on it. If a stream dried
up, its Naiad expired. The waters over which Naiads presided
were thought to be endowed with inspirational, medicinal, or
prophetic powers. Whoever drank of these magical waters
would be inspired, thus the Naiads were themselves
considered prophetic and were frequently worshipped by the
ancient Greeks in association with divinities of fertility
and growth. Hence all persons in a state of rupture, such as
madmen, poets, seers and prophets, were said to be caught by
the Nymphs. There were 5 types of Naiades:
the Nymphs of Springs
the Nymphs of Fountains
the Nymphs of Rivers and Streams
or Limnatides, the Nymphs of Lakes
the Nymphs of Marshes
Among the Roman literate class
nymphs were as restricted almost exclusively
as divinities of the watery element.
Nymphs, Nymphomania and Sex
Most of the dominant religions
in the world today are sex-negative, preaching the
suppression of the sexual urge or the channeling of that
urge into socially-acceptable forms. This was not the case
for the Greeks and Romans nor the be many nature religions
which preceded them.
The word nymphomania is a
combination of nymph and mania which means frenzy or
madness, and has been used to refer to a woman who enjoys
more recreational sex than the average male. The term as a
mental disorder has been replaced by "sex addict." Yet the
question still remains, how much is too much? The medical
profession has weighed in with a muted more is better.
Studies have shown that having
regular and enthusiastic sex confers a host of measurable
physiological advantages, be you male or female. Besides sex
being great exercise, regular sex makes you less subject to
depression, gives relief from pain, less prone to colds and
flu, better bladder control, and even better teeth. For
women, in fact it is hard to have too much sex. For men now
that Viagra and Levitra have given men more staying power
there may be risks to not knowing when to stop.
Of course, there are many other good reasons to avoid casual
sex. Disease risks of unprotected sex or the
psychological price of rejection
by a lover who only wanted your body lead the list, Dionysus
main enemy is the wrath of a vengeful Hera who will not
forget her husband's suitors.
Underage sex can scar the victim for life and ruin your life
in many ways. Dionysus; maenads
approach sex from a direction which most would
ultimately find more fulfilling. Still, if its
Carnaval time, and the circumstances are provident, it is
the time to
let desire rule.
Greek Worship of Manly
Pompeii Italy preserved by Mount
Vesuvius in 79 CE. Visit
the fertility god in our
Worship of Manly Beauty.--The Greek worship of the
beautiful masculine form is something which the
later world will never understand. In this worship
there is too often a coarseness, a sensual dross,
over which a veil is wisely cast. but the great fact
of this worship remains: to the vast majority of
Greeks "beauty" does not imply a delicate maid clad
in snowy drapery; it implies a perfectly shaped,
bronzed, and developed youth, standing forth in his
undraped manhood for some hard athletic battle. The
ideal possess the national life, and effects the
entire Greek civilization Not beauty in innocent
weakness, but beauty in resourceful strength--before
this beauty men bow down."
William Stearns Davis A Day In Old Athens
Charles Joseph Frédéric Soulacroix
Around the Idea of Beauty
We should not have to apologize for reveling
in beauty. Beauty is an eternal human value. It
was not a trick invented by nasty men in a room
someplace on Madison Avenue. I say in
Sexual Personae that it was invented in Egypt.
3,000 years at the height of African
civilization you had a culture based on beauty.
We have two major cultures in the world today,
France and Japan, organized around the idea of
Crisis In The American Universities
19, 1991 at M.I.T.
in Cambridge, Massachusetts
When I am
working on a problem I never think about beauty.
I only think about how to solve the problem. But
when I have finished, if the solution is not
beautiful, I know it is wrong.
eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
Some people, no
matter how old they get, never lose their beauty
- they merely move it from their faces into
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pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity
in which we are permitted to remain children all our
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has
no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end;
which stands related to all things; which is the
mean of many extremes.
Never lose an
opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful,
for beauty is God's handwriting--a wayside
sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every
fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it
as a cup of blessing.
We ascribe beauty
to that which is simple; which has no superfluous
parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands
related to all things; which is the mean of many
Love of beauty
is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
One of America's
greatest thinkers whose philosophy of listening
quietly for Beauty, Truth, Goodness is called
Transcendentalism was closely associated with
Thoreau and Hawthorne (Story
of King Midas) and inspired Walt Whitman's
Leaves of Grass
wiiki/Ralph_Waldo_Emerson and was the main muse
of America's greatest female poet:
"Beauty is not caused. It is."
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some
strangeness in the proportion."
is in the eye of the beer holder"
Friedman (American Singer, Song Writer
and Novelist. b.1944 Chicago, Illinois, USA)
is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than
genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the
great facts in the world like sunlight, or
springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that
silver shell we call the moon."
(Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic,
"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your
own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."
Gwyneth Paltrow (American Actress.
b.1972, Los Angeles, California, USA)
"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in
your eyes. It is not something physical."
(Italian film Actress, b.1934)