By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Sisnadevas, ZiZnadevas, shishnadevas
Śiśnadevas literally means ‘those who considered the phallus as their deity’.
The word Śiśnadevas occurs in the Rgveda twice. Though its literal meaning refers to people who consider the śiśna as deva, Sāyaṇa interprets it as people who are lecherous. They were to be kept out of the cultured and decent society.
- Rgveda 7.21.5; 10.99.3
- Śiśna means phallus.
- Deva means deity.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore