The word yoni (Sanskrit योिन yoni) is the Sanskrit word for “Divine Passage” ,“Place of birth”,“Womb”(more as nature as a womb and cradle of all creations) or “sacred Temple” (cf. lila). The word also has a wider meaning in both profane and spiritual contexts, covering a range of meanings of “place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abode, home, lair, nest, stable” (Monier-Williams). The yoni is also considered to be symbolic of Shakti or other goddesses of a similar nature. In classical texts such as Kama Sutra, yoni refers to vagina. Even more interesting linguistic example is the Sinhalese language, which developed from old colloquial Sanskrit of North India and which to this day has kept their ancient meanings for penis and vagina – lingam and yoni.
Lingam-Yonis have been recovered from the archeological sites at Harappa and Mohenjo-daro which were centers of the Indus Valley Civilization.
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