Day 18: How does this deity stand in terms of gender and sexuality? (historical and/or UPG)
18. Powerfully quick, focused in pursuits, and long in distance...Hermes is the epitome of masculinity. Pillared, phallic Hermai littered the countryside of ancient Hellenic realms. The four-sided Herm was more than a block of wood or stone, a head on top and penis placed just so. It was the icon of Hermes blessings of fertility, virility, and... I need a breath.
Hermes is athletic, probably hangs out at the local gym. Whilst homosexual encounters were not frowned upon in ancient Greece, Hermes is one of the few Gods to not really engage in this type of sex. Although I would say He is very much an ally in both ancient and modern times. The child He sired with Aphrodite, Hermaphroditus, was born with genitals from both parents... mother so inherently feminine and father of the masculine, there was no swaying one way or the other. The overwhelming 'maleness' of Hermes can be seen in His sons and progeny, who are all very sexually imbued Be-ings. His son Priapus is shown as having a ridiculously long penis, seriously looking like a third leg. Pan and Dionysus are both notorious throughout mythology for their intoxicating orgies.
Unfortunately time has not kind to the physical representations of Hermes and the phallic crew. Long before the Catholic Church, a removal of penises from the Hermai all around Athens occurred ; a political and religious assault which took place during the Peloponnesian War. Later, the Catholic church desecrated shrines and temples all over the empire; sometimes adding fig leaves over a statues nether regions for added modesty.