Friday, 13 September 2013

sadhu and ithyphallic

Sanskrit साधु sādhu is "holy man, saint" and eariler "effective, correct, good", from sādh "to be accomplished or fulfilled or effected or settled, be successful, succeed".

The Proto-Indo-European root is *sē[i]dh-, sīdh-, sədh- "to strive for a goal". This became Greek ἰθύς ithus "straight". This was borrowed in ithyphallic, describing the straight phallus carried on Bacchic festivals. It's also used for the poetic metre used in Bacchic hymns.

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