The Whore stands for Sex, stark and naked. Her history is seminal to all women's sexual emancipation, for it reaches back to our beginnings. The "oldest profession" originates in the earliest religious rites, where harlots and hierodules of the ancient world were an essential civilzing force.
This painting shows Jahi the Whore, who is unknown to westerners. Her tale is told in Persian Zoroastrian scriptures, where she is said to have seduced the first man in her primal garden, and thus introduced sex into the world. She was a revered goddess in the permissive, joyful worship of matrifocal cultures, but she became reviled under ensueing inhibited patriarchal asceticism. Of course, we do know Jahi by another name: Eve.
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