The mystery of procreation was indicated by phalli on the Herm.
The basket contains apples and phalli, which may have been made of pastry.
It is said that there are thirty million phalli in India and that a phallus is found in nearly every Hindu household.
phalli, usually in lead, have been even found in the river Rhône.
Some of these phalli were recreated as fast as they were worn away by zealous devotees.
The phalli (if they are phalli) point to one of the Oriental forms of the worship of the forces of nature.
1610s, "an image of the penis," from Latin phallus, from Greek phallos "penis," also "carving or image of an erect penis (symbolizing the generative power in nature) used in the cult of Dionysus," from PIE *bhel-no-, from root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (cf. Old Norse boli "bull," Old English bulluc "little bull," and possibly Greek phalle "whale;" see bole). Used of the penis itself (often in symbolic context) from 1924, originally in jargon of psychoanalysis.
phallus phal·lus (fāl'əs)
n. pl. phal·lus·es or phal·li (fāl'ī')
The sexually undifferentiated tissue in an embryo that becomes the penis or clitoris.
The immature penis considered in psychoanalysis as the libidinal object of infantile sexuality in the male.