Friday, November 26, 2010

The Beast With Two Fronts/Two Fronts & Two Backs

I'd heard the midrashim about Adam and Eve originally being joined at the side or back, and that, aside from implying that couples are in some deep sense truly mono-gamous - beginning archetypally as one, that this is also prevented them from initially coming to know each other as raw bodies and then as persons but first as a self-knowledge. They came to know each other first as oneself, and only then as two separate persons, souls - and only afterward as bodies. Ironically the slang term "beast with two backs" to describe intercourse gets a slap in the face, or back if you will. Right now for many reasons that's just very, very beautiful to me, setting aside how smooshy it is.


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