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God is a hermaphrodite and Paul McCartney knows it. This revelation is old news, really – those already familiar with Christian Gnosticism, Hermetic esotericism, tantric sex, and The White Album should already dig – but the rest of you might need a crash course. The 'hermaphrodite' comes from the union of the Greek Hermes and Aphrodite – a creature possessing the traits of both sexes simultaneously. The hermaphrodite, along with other novelties, exists in nature but for the sake of this essay, we're going to stick to its more spiritual applications.
So why is God a hermaphrodite? And how does Paul know this? Let me begin by explaining to you who God is – God is simply the hidden origin and speculative destination of mankind, the point where the pen meets the paper before it begins to draw a circle. Deus infinitus. Plato, in his symposium, contended that humans descended from a race of hermaphrodites, they ruled the earth but then they fucked up and the Gods punished them by cutting them in two, half becoming female and the other half, male. In the realm of Christianity, some theologians have interpreted the verse from Genesis 1:27 which reads “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” to indicate that both Adam and Eve were created in the image of God, which would then lead to the logical conclusion that God was both male and female. Alternately, many Christian mystics have posited the idea that Adam and Eve were created simultaneously as one unified hermaphrodite and that the original 'Fall of Man' did not occur when God banished them from the garden, but when he split the Adam/Eve hybrid in two – forever severing humanity's original completeness.
Practitioners of tantric sex have gone further with this concept by stating that the instinctual sexual drive is actually an attempt to recapture that primordial unity, albeit momentarily. According to the Christian mystic, Franz Von Baader: “The higher meaning of sexual love, which should not be identified with the instinct for reproduction, is nothing other than to help both man and woman to become integrated inwardly (in soul and in spirit) in the complete human or original divine image.” In other words, screaming “Oh God” during a sexual climax may have a solid scriptural foundation. Dominus vobiscum.
The Beatles released The White Album in 1968 and on it, Paul McCartney sang to us that “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da. Life Goes On, Brah”. He had something there. The song tells the story of Desmond and Molly Jones, two star-crossed lovers who meet and start a life together. A cursory examination of the song may reveal little more than a cute and quaint love song with a reggae-tinged beat but a deeper listening unearths a hidden testament to gender neutrality and divine unification. After the first bridge, Paul sings:
“Happy ever after in the market place – Desmond lets the children lend a hand – Molly stays at home and does her pretty face – And in the evening she still sings it with the band.”
But at the very end of the song, when he revisits those lyrics, something wonderful happens:
“Happy ever after in the market place – Molly lets the children lend a hand – Desmond stays at home and does his pretty face – And in the evening she's a singer with the band.”
Through that subtle, lyrical reversal, the sexes of both Desmond and Molly Jones unify into one androgynous, parental unit – the archetype of the hermaphrodite is made real upon the spinning circle of this vinyl revelation. Ob-La-Deus Ob-La-Dominus.
In ‘Toward the Undivided: Sacred Sex, The Hermaphrodite and the Dual Nature of God’, author Boyd Rice says that: “The Latin word for God, Deus, seems to retain a vestige of the ancient understanding of the dual nature of deity. In many languages, the word denoting "Two" has either a spelling or a sound very similar to the word Deus, for instance, deux, dos, dua, deuce, and so forth.” - Dominus, in Latin, translates to the singular concept of God - Deus Dominus – the ‘Lord of Dual Properties’ or the ‘Two in One.’
In the story of Desmond and Molly Jones, before each instance of ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da’, a reference to unity through the joining, binding, or offering of hands is made. In the first instance,
“Desmond says to Molly ‘Girl, I like your face’ and Molly says this as she takes him by the hand.”
The first step towards their tantric reunification begins by Molly extending her hand to Desmond. Meanwhile, Jesus Christ, the fifth and shortest Beatle, taps his feet to the beat and riffs on The Gospel of Thomas (a hidden track if the Bible ever had one) and says “When you make the two one, and when you make the inside like the outside, and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the female one and the same, so that the male be not male, nor the female female… then you will enter (the kingdom).” Ob-La-Deus Ob-La-Dominus.
Consider the following verse:
“Desmond takes a trolley to the jewelry story – Buys a twenty carat golden ring – Takes it back to Molly waiting at the door – And as he gives it to her she begins to sing.”
By Desmond presenting to Molly a wedding ring, a culturally significant item intended to be worn on a betrothed hand, he binds her spiritually into a union between the two before the amorous altar of God. Ob-La-Deus Ob-La-Dominus. And finally, right before the hermaphroditic union of Desmond and Molly is complete, Paul sings:
“Happy ever after in the market place – Molly lets the children lend a hand…”
– from this reunion of flesh, Desmond and Molly have given life to a new brood of divided souls, each offering their own hands as an unconscious request towards primordial reunification. The circle is complete – to God they went and from God they came.
Ob-La-Deus Ob-La-Dominus – Life Goes On, Brah.