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  The Sacred Marriage

Hierogamy: The Great Rite

Encyclopaedia Britannica offers this article, updated in 2013: Hieros gamos "Hieros gamos, (Greek: “sacred marriage”), sexual relations of fertility deities in myths and rituals, characteristic of societies based on cereal agriculture, especially in the Middle East. At least once a year, divine persons (e.g., humans representing the deities) engage in sexual intercourse, which guarantees the fertility of the land, the prosperity of the community, and the continuation of the cosmos." Read more.