Is this the start of the silly season for headlines …… ?
Mighty main man Min,
What was the secret of Min’s success,
With such an aphrodisiac,
17th July 2013 – headline from the Daily Mail
Notes: “The land where LETTUCE was a sex symbol: Leafy vegetables were taken as an aphrodisiac in ancient Egypt and considered a delicacy of the god of fertility.” Plenty of people view lettuce as a rather dull salad ingredient but the leafy vegetable had a racier function in ancient Egypt. A distant relative of the cos lettuce was taken as an aphrodisiac and used as a phallic symbol by the ancient Egyptians, according to one Egyptologist. Lettuces can be seen on the walls of tombs dating back to 2,000 BC and were supposedly the Egyptian god of fertility, Min’s favourite food. The god, who is often depicted with an erect penis in ancient wall paintings and hieroglyphs, was described as the ‘great of love’ in a text from the Edfu Temple. The lettuce was thought to be sacred to Min because of its straight growth as well as the milky liquid that it exudes when first cut, which could be viewed as a symbol of a mother’s milk or even semen.
- Lettuce Was an Aphrodisiac in Ancient Egypt (counselheal.com)