There are two great mysteries that overshadow all other mysteries in science. One is the origin of the universe. That’s my day job. However, there is also the other great mystery of inner space. And that is what sits on your shoulders, which believe it or not, is the most complex object in the known universe. But the brain only uses 20 watts of power. It would require a nuclear power plant to energise a computer the size of a city block to mimic your brain, and your brain does it with just 20 watts. So if someone calls you a dim bulb, that’s a compliment.
Interestingly enough the word ‘virgin’ is one which was mistranslated and misrepresented by the early Church, enough to make even people today forget that the term had absolutely nothing to do with the hymen. The term ‘virgin’ was first applied to priestesses in the Mediterranean temples, particularly during Rome’s pagan period. The term identified a woman who was a complete entity unto herself, who was not bound by secular law, had no husband, and was free to take all the lovers she chose. She needed nothing else and no one else for completeness. In other words she was said to be ‘intact’ —a virgin.
Edain McCoy (via gingerbreadwinner)
In ancient Roman religion, the Vestals or Vestal Virgins (Vestales, singular Vestalis), were priestesses of Vesta, goddess of the hearth. The College of the Vestals and its well-being was regarded as fundamental to the continuance and security of Rome. They cultivated the sacred fire that was not allowed to go out. The Vestals were freed of the usual social obligations to marry and bear children, and took a vow of chastity in order to devote themselves to the study and correct observance of state rituals that were off-limits to the male colleges of priests…
…The punishment for violating the oath of celibacy was to be buried alive in the Campus Sceleratus or “Evil Field” (an underground chamber near the Colline Gate) with a few days of food and water. Ancient tradition required that an unchaste Vestal be buried alive within the city, that being the only way to kill her without spilling her blood, which was forbidden. (x)
I don’t know what kind of virgins you’re talking about, although they were a powerful force to be reckoned with in ancient Rome.
All Priests Go To Heaven?
In the early years of the Christian church, heaven was seen as a wonderful, wonderful place. So amazingly perfect, in fact, that priests would often commit suicide in order to get there earlier. In the 300s St. Augustine finally condemned the practice. Not because it was a sin, but because without a priest the congregation would have no one to lead them (and, it was implied, help them get into heaven too). For a thousand years, that was the official Vatican stance on suicide. It wasn’t until the 1200s that the whole “suicide is a sin against God and therefore wrong for everyone" became church law.