Ever heard of the phrase “angel lust”? Well if the first images that comes into your mind are of beautiful, sexy angels or celebrities then please, blank them now as what I’m going to tell you is completely different.
The phrase “angel lust” is actually another term for “death erection”, where the penis of a male comes to erection after the point of death. Yeah baby, I think any egoistic “player” would love to have this effect when his time comes. Imagine if the girls at a guy’s requiem service started talking like
“woah- can you see his erection? it brings back memories. He’s still hot even when he’s dead… “.
That would be any playboy’s dream.
But anyway, to have any chances of this happening to you, you have to die vertically. That means die with your body in a “standing” position and death by the noose (hanging) is the way to go. Strangulation is another method where this medical phenomenon (termed priapism) could happen.
As you would’ve guessed it, this is caused by the blood and pressure placed upon the lower parts of the body.
The blood which remains in the torso attempts to move to a lower position due to gravity, and as the blood in the waist (which cannot move down due to the legs being full) causes the penis, consisting of erectile tissue, to fill with blood and expand. This is the death erection. As long as the body remains in this position the effect will continue.
Other sources however attributes this erection to the pressure on the cerebellum created by the noose. The harmful medical condition called “priapism” meanwhile affects living person and it is the case where the penis does not return to its “flaccid state (despite the absence of both physical and psychological stimulation) within about four hours”.
If anyone suffers this, instead of bragging he has to go to the doctor as it will be a painful experience and requires proper treatment by a qualified medical practitioner.
Priapism comes from the Greek God Priapus. According to the myth, he was given a huge but useless set of wooden genitals as punishment for attempting to rape a goddess.
So the next time when you come across a body having an erection, don’t think it’s a miracle and start taking pictures, just know it’s a medical condition that just happens.
But if you do take pictures, do send them to me as I have nothing to use on this blog post :P