The Yoni, is a Sanskrit word, an ancient Indian language, meaning "uterus", represents a vulva, primarily female genital organ but it is a limited use of a concept with very broad spiritual meanings.
The Yoni is a symbol of older origin than the phallic symbol known as the lingam
The Yoni existed before the birth of popular religions which elevated men to the rank of prophets and priests;
It is impossible to talk about this word without placing it in historical context, both when honoring the goddess was common, and when fertility rituals were an integral part of life. Stone, shell and bone artifacts dating back to 35,000 BC bear witness to the deepest celebration and adoration of the divine feminine, birth, menstruation and female sexuality. Of course, objects made from perishable materials like leather, wood, skin and fur haven't lasted thousands of years; however, cultures that use these materials claim that they have been used since the dawn of time.
It predates the birth of popular religious traditions that elevated men to the rank of prophets, while portraying women primarily as mothers. not as independent beings capable of influencing and shaping the world around them.
The uterus is the origin of life on earth.
The concept of Yoni originated in India and has cosmological, spiritual, emotional, psychological and physical connotations. Even today, it plays an important role in Hinduism and traditional Ayurvedic medicine.
In Hinduism, the yoni is a representation of the female sexual organ and female generative power. It is often associated with the phallic lingam, symbol of the god Shiva. The linga is often depicted resting in the yoni, signifying their union and indicating the eternal process of creation and regeneration.
The term "yoni" derives from a cultural and religious context in which women were once considered the embodiment of sacred feminine energy and in which the female genitalia were considered a sacred symbol of the goddess Shakti.
In ancient Indian cosmological theories and conceptions, it symbolizes the inherent background of the universe.
The Yoni refers to the feminine principle in all known life forms, including their seasonal, regenerative and vegetative cycles.
In many Indian religious and spiritual traditions, it holds central importance, notably in Shaktism and Shaivism, as well as in the Kaula and Tantra lineages.
The Yoni-Lingam iconography, in the form of amulets, depicts the duality of life and death as an inherent unity. It is also considered an iconic symbol of Shakti, which is interpreted as the supreme dynamic elemental cosmic energy representing power, ability, strength, effort, energy and capacity. Shakti is therefore a conceptualization and personification of the inherent sacred feminine creative power present in women, active creativity and fertility.
This power is seen as the underlying force responsible for creation and change.
This is where the notion of goddess appears, Shakti being embodied by various Hindu goddesses or Devis.
It has been a divine symbol in ancient times in many civilizations around the world.
Although called Yoni in India, it has appeared under other names and representations in various cultures and primitive societies.
In Southeast Asia, for example, icons, Yoni amulets with the Lingam placed inside can be found in ancient stone temples, reliefs and wall paintings in a multitude of countries, such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. The word Yoni refers to the female reproductive organs including the vagina, uterus, clitoris, cervix, and ovaries.
With the advent of monotheistic religion and the "omnipresent male God", many temples and rituals of goddesses seem to have been destroyed or forced into secrecy, but they nevertheless endured.
From the Puja of India, the Sheela na Gig of the Celts, amulets from Thailand, to teachings on menstruation, birth and sacred sexuality, many women today find their way back to the honor of their bodies and their sexuality.
The honor of the Goddess and the Yoni has made its way - as plants make their way through tar and concrete - through history in songs and dances passed down through a rich culture; even though the obstacles can be profoundly difficult, it seems that one cannot stop the thirst for life and the creative flow.
Sex is a way to unite the Shiva and Shakti energies - which are present in all life and in all genders - within ourselves. It is also an opportunity to experience our creativity, our power, our passion and our ability to stop.
Amulets are associated with shamanism in Thailand and Cambodia. They are specially designed to give the wearer a stronger sex appeal. Thai yoni amulets are also believed to enhance the power of influence over the opposite sex.
These amulets are often associated with the Palad khik, a penis-shaped amulet.
Talismans are often associated with a benevolent spirit or ghost who supports the practitioner in his spiritual endeavors and whose vocation is to protect.
Many talismans and amulets contain spirits and give the person who possesses them the power of attraction, protection.