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A hierodule is a priestess who has sex in the role of whichever Goddess she serves in the divine union of hieros gamos. Those who have sex with the hierodule are, as such, having sex with that Goddess. The priestesses of Inanna were known to be hierodules. Some modern priestesses are reviving the tradition, seeing great benefit to both open sexuality and the specific function of hierodule.

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Temple Zagduku