Originally published as "Hermaphrodite," Hermaphrodite. A person who has both sexes, or the natural parts of man and woman.
This term comes to us from the Greeks; they composed it of the name of a god and a goddess, in order to express in one word, according to custom, the mix or the conjunction of Mercury and Venus, whom they believed to have presided over the birth of this extraordinary being.
This penis had no urethra; there was no opening at the end of the glans as a consequence; it only formed two hollow bodies and ordinary teguments; and these hollow bodies had as well their own erection and acceleration muscles.
His scrotum was divided in the manner of a vulva; and at the bottom of this split, there was a hole that one could take for a vagina; urine came out through this opening; around it there were small reddish protuberances that one could take for caruncula hymenalis.
The nymph Salmacis having fallen desperately in love with a young , and not being able to awaken him, prayed to the gods to make their two bodies into one; Salmacis got her wish, but the gods left traces of both sexes on the new being.
Nevertheless, this prodigal of nature, who united the two sexes in the same being, was not favorably welcomed by all, if we believe the account of Alexander ab Alexandro, who says that the people who bore the sexes of both man and woman, or to use a single word, the ?
Nature never permanently confuses these true signs, nor its true marks; nature ultimately shows the characteristics that distinguish sex; and if from time to time these are hidden in infancy, they are definitively revealed in puberty.
But whether the Greeks drew this prejudice from the principles of Astrology or from hermetic philosophy, they cleverly imagined that the was the offspring of Mercury and of Venus.
An honorable place is due to the child of a god and a goddess, and this is why legend continues to honor Greek illusions.
(accessed [fill in today's date in the form April 18, 2009 and remove square brackets]).
Ann Arbor: Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library, 2003.
It follows from this that this subject would have been similarly incapable of reproduction.