Baal PeorBaal Peor
was a form of the Canaanite
, representing the principles of fertility
and virility. The cult devoted to him was characterised by sexual indulgence and licentiousness. The biblical record states that Israelites
worshipped this god at several periods and were duly admonished by their prophets and patriarchs for doing so.
The worship of this god involved overt sexuality, including orgies and exposing genitalia.
Baal Peor was generally depicted exposing an erect phallus or simply by a phallic symbol.
The name seems to come from a Moabite mount called Peor, meaning Lord of Peor.
Other spellings: Peor, Belphegor.
Nb. the original source of this article is not clear - it could do with more academic credentials to back it up