In the same manner, the concealed meaning or hidden truth was to the ignorant and rude people of early times entirely unknown, while the priests and the more learned kept studiously concealed the meaning of the ceremonies and symbols. Thus, the primitive idea became mixed with profligate, debased ceremonies, and lascivious rites, which in time caused the more pure part of the worship to be forgotten. But Phallicism is not to be judged from these sacred orgies, any more than Christianity from the religious excitement and wild excesses of a few Christian sects during the Middle Ages.

Hargrave Jennings, Phallicism from Phallic Worship

Hermetic quote Jennings Phallic Worship concealed meaning hidden truth entirely unknown priests ceremonies symbols primitive profligate debased lascivious rites pure part forgotten