A term borrowed from India's ancient language, Sanskrit or devanagari (Skt., divine language). It can be translated by several English concepts (origin, source, womb, female genitals) and is, to my knowledge, the most respectful word available for naming what in correct language we call vulva (Lat., female genitals, womb) yet which is often (wrongfully) called vagina (Lat., sheath); unless slang is used.

Christina Camphausen: Sacred Triangle The term yoni heralds from a culture and religion in which women have long been regarded and honored as the embodiment of divine female energy - the goddess known as Shakti - and where the female genitals were/are seen as a sacred symbol of the Great Goddess. Because Tantrics and others worship the Divine in the form of a Goddess, the term Yoni has also acquired other, more cosmic meanings, becoming a symbol of the Universal Womb, the Matrix of Generation and Source of All.

In short, the universe really is a yoniverse - hence the name of this website.


Christina Camphausen. Yoni Portraits: The Intimate Art of Christina Camphausen.
2009. ISBN 9789081372916

Rufus C. Camphausen. The Yoni: Sacred Symbol of Female Creative Power.
1996. ISBN 0892815620